Finance Minister resigns
Tunisia’s Minister of Finance, Houcine Dimassi has resigned from the government of Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali over differences on economic, monetary and social policies.
Mr Dimassi cited excessive spending by government including a new bill that will compensate those who suffered under the former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, most of whom come from the current ruling Islamist party, Ennahda. Mr Dimassi is from the coalition partner Ettakatol Party which is a secular social democratic party. The former minister felt that the bill would add considerable additional spending at a time when the economic situation in the country is very difficult.
Mr Dimassi was also unhappy with the recent sacking of central bank governor Mustapha Kamel Nabli and the controversial way in which his successor, Chedly Ayari, was appointed.
Slim Besbes, a deputy of Houcine Dimassi, has been appointed as interim Finance Minister until a replacement can be found.