TUNIS, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian government is likely to resign within three weeks, as major political forces has signed a political roadmap on Saturday.
After a preparation meeting that brought together political rivals on Monday, it has been decided that the first session of the National Dialogue is scheduled to take place by the end of this week, announced Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, spokesperson of the quartet leading the mediation efforts.
A STEP FORWARD
The assassination of leftist politician Mohamed Brahmi in July, the second such case in five months, has paralyzed political transition in Tunisia and thrown the country into a severe political crisis. Opposition parties called for the dissolution of the government, but ruling parties refused to yield.
"The ruling coalition is facing an ordeal. The assassination has provided the opposition with an opportunity to pressure the government. The attack targets mainly Ennahdha movement, the leading party in the coalition," said political analyst Sleheddine Jourchi.
"Opposition parties are attempting to create and impose a new political order, a new balance of power," Jourchi told Xinhua.
The fact that Ennahdha has signed the political roadmap is considered as a step forward in the direction of resolving the stalemate.
However, the statement released by Ennahdha on Sunday pushed many to question the significance of the roadmap, as the ruling party accepted the quartet initiative as a mere "basis for the national dialogue."
Jourchi said that Ennahdha is leaning toward implementing the roadmap and would eventually step down, but it is also trying to gain itself better terms in the political negotiations.
CALLING FOR DIALOGUE
Tunisia's major labor union, the UGTT, has been trying to bring political rivals to the negotiation table.
The Employers Union (UTICA), the Tunisian League for Human Rights and the Lawyers Union joined the efforts of UGTT and formed what has been referred to as the "mediation Quartet."
"This is not the first time we rush into dialogue to solve crises," Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said at the inaugural session of the Quartet National Dialogue on Saturday.
According to Amine Ghali of the Kawakibi Center, a democracy promotion NGO, various political forces understand that only consensus and dialogue can save Tunisia's nascent democracy.
"We are all obliged to resort to dialogue. It is either dialogue or violence. The latter will not lead anywhere," Ghali said. "Each party is trying to bring its leverage to the table of discussion and to impose its own agenda."
"Tunisia has all the ingredients and is better placed to have a successful democratic transition," said Ghali.