Tunisian President Qais Saeed, Minister of Interior of the caretaker government, assigned Hisham El Mechichi to form a new government following the resignation of Prime Minister Elias El Fakhfakh due to suspicions of conflicts of interest.
The commission's nomination is surprising to the political parties and blocs because it was not on its list of nominations it submitted to the Tunisian presidency.
Saeed had received over the past week the proposals of parliamentary blocs that included several candidates to take over as prime minister, including party and economic figures, in addition to ministers in the current government.
The Tunisian constitution does not require the President of the Republic to adhere to the nominations of political parties and parliamentary blocs after consulting them, but the challenge facing the Presidency will be to obtain the endorsement of the majority of Parliament for its government team.
"It is time to review the legitimacy in the country," Saeed said, referring to the existing political system.
He added, noting that his choice is different from the proposals of the main parties, "We respect the legitimacy, but the time has come to review it so that it will, in turn, be a sincere and complete expression of the will of the majority."
The president implies his election rate that exceeded 70% in the 2019 presidential elections, and by more votes than the parties combined in the legislative elections for the same year.
Among the proposals discussed by Saeed in his campaign is to review the political system in order to go to a presidential system, to enhance the powers of the president and reduce the dispersion of powers between parliament, the government and the presidency.
A surprise for the parties
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Tunisia, Seif El-Din Boualak, said that the appointment is a surprise for the parties and political blocs, and this may create difficulty in forming the next government.
He added, "We await the reactions of the political forces, especially since the Prime Minister-designate was not an economic figure, as all political parties called."
According to the reporter, Al-Mishishi is independent and is from the circle close to the president, where he previously worked as a legal adviser to President Qais Saeed, before he was appointed Minister of the Interior in the government of the traps.
In front of the Mishishi, a month to form a government that can guarantee a majority in parliament, otherwise the president will dissolve parliament and call new elections.
The appointment date coincides with the National Day of the Republic of Tunisia and the first anniversary of the death of former President Beji Kaid Essebsi.
The resignation of Elias Al-Fakhfakh this month triggered a political crisis in the country amid tensions that reached the level of parliament, as some parties seek to withdraw confidence from Parliament Speaker Rashid Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamic Renaissance Party. The Council will hold a no-confidence session next Thursday.
On the other hand, the Tunisian Renaissance movement called on all components of the political scene to calm and dialogue, support the elements of national unity and avoid incitement and exclusion.
In a statement, the movement expressed its confidence in the good choice of the President of the Republic, Qais Saeed, who is the most capable figure to form the next government.