Tunisia's Ennahda Party may choose to support an outside candidate for the position of prime minister as it seeks consensus with other parties, Reuters reported on Saturday November 9th.
A senior Ennahda official told Reuters that it was possible that the party might be nominating an outside figure to head the next government.
Earlier, Ennahda announced that one of its leaders should be prime minister, which was rejected by Attayar Party with 22 seats, Achaab’s Movement with 16 seats and Tahya Tounes party with 14 seats.
Another source said there was no shortlist, however, former parliament speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar and two former finance ministers, Elyes Fakhfakh and Fadel Abdel Kefi, were among potential candidates.
Ennahda will reveal its final decision regarding the government top job, next week.
Another senior official at Ennahda said the party was due to discuss the issue on Saturday and Sunday, and it was likely that it would accept the presidency of parliament and approve an independent figure who could win the confidence of all parties.
If Ennahda cannot form a government within two months, the president can assign another group for the task. Ultimately, if the deadlock persists, there will be another election.