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Tunisia Labor Union Challenges Government

Tunisia Labor Union Challenges Government

The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) has implied that the country’s government is unfit to carry out work that effectively benefits citizens. Aljazeera reported that the organization outlined a week’s time for officials in the government to resign.

A statement released by the group calls for a technocrat government and an “independent figure” who can assist in mediating disputes between Islamist leaders and opposition party members.

According to Aljazeera, the 600-member union will resort to pursuing other options if their demand is not met. The group’s urgency comes a week after the murder of a “leftist politician,” one of two “political assassinations in six months.”

The report notes that tensions between opposition groups and the government has also risen because of disputes between the country’s army and other armed groups, which UGTT believes will compromise the country’s newly enacted democracy. In 2011, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was exiled after Tunisians protested and forced the autocratic leader out of office.

The government has said they will consider UGTT’s demands under which the same assembly — and a new technocrat cabinet would be established. Aljazeera reported that UGTT’s protests negatively impacted the country’s economy. In one day, the value of the country’s currency dropped — in addition the nation lost millions.

The labor union’s main goal is to expedite the process of completing a new constitution, as well as election laws.

“We are open to new deals,” Rachid Ghannouchi, Ennahda party chief, said in the report. “But the Constituent Assembly is a red line, and we call on all members to return back to their work and complete the constitution. ”

The government is willing to compromise and form a unified party. Officials have not agreed to force Prime Minister Ali Larayedh out of office, Aljazeera reported.