17 June 2012

Tunisia: Prime Minister Blames 'Counter-Revolutionary Forces' for Tension

Nouakchott — Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali blamed "counter-revolutionary forces" and certain "interested parties" for the tension and violence that recently hit the country.

Speaking Saturday in Nouakchott at a meeting with members of the Tunisian community in Mauritanian who expressed their concern about the recent escalation of violence, Mr. Jebali said the situation in Tunisia is "normal" and the "Revolution of the Tunisian people is unshakeable."

"Every revolution is accompanied by a counter-revolution and persons hostile to freedom who want to preserve their interests," he said in this regard.

Mr. Hamadi Jebali also noted that "freedoms are entirely guaranteed for all" and that extremism is totally rejected "whether it is justified in the name of religion or proletariat." "The Government will not accept violence or violation of law, whatever their perpetrators," he warned.

He called on Tunisian expats in Mauritania to foster their ties with the homeland, defend their rights and participate in the reform efforts and the fight against corruption in Tunisia.

He also called on the staff of the Tunisian Embassy in Nouakchott to lend a receptive ear to the concerns of the Tunisian community, convey their claims and care for their rights and interests.

The meeting between the Interim PM and the delegation accompanying him and members of the Tunisian community in Nouakchott took place in the new headquarters of the Tunisian embassy, inaugurated Saturday by Mr. Jebali.

Mr. Hamadi Jebali had arrived Saturday in Mauritania, heading a Government delegation to participate in works of the High Joint Committee of Economic Co-operation.

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