Tunisia PM quits amid alleged financial scandal

Tunisia – The Tunisia Prime Minister Elyes el-Fakhfakh has resigned.

The news was confirmed by the President’s office that he had resigned on Wednesday morning.

This comes after intense pressure on Fakhfakh from members of parliament the past week over a brewing alleged financial scandal.

Fakhfakh lasted less than six months as prime minister, making this the shortest time in office for a Tunisian government.

The Prime Minister’s resignation also came after rifts in parliament, led by the moderate Islamist party Ennahda, and threats by lawmakers to withdraw confidence in his government over alleged conflict of interest.

Fakhfakh is accused of maintaining shares in private companies that won state contracts amounting to $15m.

He has, however, denied the accusation of corruption and has previously said he would step down if an ongoing investigation showed any wrongdoing.

In a statement issued by the prime minister’s office, it described the resignation as serving the interests of the country and one that offers the president a new way out of crisis.

The president is expected to appoint Fakhfakh’s successor within a week’s time.

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