Dimassi resignation highlights Tunisia fiscal row
By Houda Trabelsi for Magharebia in Tunis – 31/07/12
Tunisian Finance Minister Houcine Dimassi submitted his resignation Friday (July 27th), the latest in a string of senior officials to step down or be forced out.
Dimassi's resignation follows the dismissal of Central Bank Governor Mustafa Kamel Nabli and just weeks after the resignation of Mohamed Abbou, the Minister Delegate for Administrative Reform.
Political observers in Tunisia expect an announcement soon about a ministerial shake-up. The modification is expected to include a number of technical ministries without affecting the ministries of sovereignty, which are the purview of the Ennahda movement.
The current government assigned Secretary of State to the Minister of Finance Slim Besbes the tasks of managing the ministry's affairs, pending the appointment of a new minister.
In a statement, the opposition Republican Party said Dimassi's resignation was "an additional indicator of the failure of the troika's style in running the wheels of governance".
The resignation also sparked concern among Tunisian citizens over the country's fiscal future.
"The fiscal policy pursued by the government will lead us to destruction due to the increasing expenses Tunisian citizens are paying from their pockets," commented Mourad Alouini, 33.
He noted that, "Compensation will be given to the Islamist movement activists, which will drown us in debt".
"It's shameful for an activist to ask a price for his struggle, and if they want a price, let them take Ben Ali and the funds he looted and take the price of their struggle with him, and not from our pockets," Alouini said.
Sleh Tizaoui said, "Ennahda wants to compensate their prisoners! From whose money?"
Ines Ghoul, 40, told Magharebia, "Dimassi's resignation is a clear indication of the Jebali government's failure in running the country's affairs," adding, "The Tunisian people should be aware in the next elections that Ennahda and the Islamists will not be able to rule the country and bring it to safety."
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