Minister of State Property and Land Affairs. Although El Euchi is believed to have accepted the post, (the lack of a resignation will be considered an acceptance in light of the circumstances.) his appointment to the vacant secretary general position reminds observers that in a little over a month the UPL has seen one incident after another wither away the party from within. Its previous Secretary General, Minister of Sports and Youth Maher Ben Dhia, resigned from the party in April after Slim Riahi, who is also the president of the Club Africain football club in Tunis, directed a public tirade at Ben Dhia. The mercurial Riahi accused Ben Dhia of laxism towards the Tunisian Football Federation, which Riahi accused of corruption after the Club Africain lost to Etoile Sportive du Sahel in April. When Minister Maher Ben Dhia resigned and the UPL lost one of the ministry appointments it had within the coalition, Riahi unsuccessfully called on Prime Minister Essid to replace Ben Dhia as minister. This was followed by three of its deputies in the 217 seat Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP) who resigned from the UPL earlier in May and subsequently joined Nidaa Tounes. In response on Monday, May 16, the UPL announced the freezing of its activities in the ruling coalition. According to a UPL statement, by integrating the three deputies into its parliamentary bloc Nidaa Tounes is in violation of an agreement between coalition members not to poach or accept each other’s migratory deputies. With the three former UPL members included Nidaa Tounes now holds 59 seats in the ARP behind Ennahda’s 69 seats, the UPL which now holds twelve seats remains ahead of Afek Tounes and its ten seats. The coalition currently includes the UPL as well as Ennahda, Nidaa Tounes and Afek Tounes. A survey conducted between May 16 and 19 by Emrhod Consulting which involved 1022 Tunisian citizens throughout Tunisia's 24 governorates, with a possible margin of error of 3%, released earlier this week asked respondents which party they would vote for if a hypothetical election were held that day, the UPL did not break the top five.