World Bulletin/News Desk
A leading member of Tunisia's Ennahda movement said Wednesday that the group would join the opposition if it wasn't invited to join a national unity government.
Abdelkarim Harouni, a member of the movement's executive office, said the new government should be open to all qualified Tunisians in order to meet the country's many economic and security challenges.
"Ennahda will not participate in the government if it fails to meet these criteria," Harouni said.
On Saturday, most members of Ennahda's consultative (shura) council voted to take part in the government now being formed by newly-appointed Prime Minister Habib Essid.
Haroun told The Anadolu Agency that Ennahda's leadership was expected to meet with Essid later on Wednesday to discuss the formation of the new government.
He added, however, that his movement would join the opposition if the new government was not one of national unity.
He said Ennahda hoped that Tunisia's economic and security challenges could be resolved through dialogue.
Ennahda won 69 seats in Tunisia's parliamentary election, which was held last October. The Nidaa Tounes party won 86 seats in the 217-seat assembly, becoming the dominant power.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ocak 2015, 23:48