Tunisia: ex Upl president new leader of Nidaa Tounes

Slim Siahi elected after two parties merge

17 October, 13:12

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, OCTOBER 17 - The former president of the Free Patriotic Union party (Upl), businessman Slim Siahi, has been appointed secretary general of modernist party Nidaa Tounes. The decision was announced after a meeting between Riahi and Hafedh Caid Essebsi, the executive director of Nidaa, during which the new leadership was discussed after Upl and Nidaa Tounes merged. According to local media, Hafedh Caid Essebsi, son of the president, reportedly became the chairman of the political committee, while Ridha Belhaj became general coordinator. On October 15, Upl (with 15 lawmakers in parliament) announced it was merging with Nidaa Tounes, asking for a government reshuffle. The move came amid a shift in the Tunisian political scenario marked by the fact that many members of Nidaa left due to a deep internal rift. Many joined other parliamentary groups, in particular the National coalition that openly backs Premier Youssef Chahed and can currently count on some 50 MPs.


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