Ghannouchi faces backlash in Tunisia over GNA support

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TUNIS – Four Tunisian parliamentary blocs disavowed the positions of the Speaker of the People’s Assembly, Rashed Ghannouchi, demanding that he be held accountable during the upcoming parliamentary session.

This comes after Ghannushi telephoned the Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, to congratulate him over GNA’s take over of Al-Watiyah airbase.

The parliamentary blocs representing the political parties of Heart of Tunisia, Reform Front Party, Tahya Tounes and Al-Mustaqbal released a statement on Thursday, in which they pointed out that Ghannushi’s phone call with Al-Sarraj constitutes a foreign interference in Libya’s affairs.

The parliamentary blocs confirmed that, as Speaker of Parliament, Ghannushi holds no legal authority under the Tunisian constitution or the internal system of the parliament that grants him the right to express any position in the name of the parliament without prior agreement on it.

The statement heightened its tone, calling on Ghannouchi to “respect diplomatic norms and not to place the parliament in the politics of axes in line with the principles of Tunisian diplomacy.”


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