9 January 2013

Tunisia: Progress of Consultation On Cabinet Reshuffle, Haica Composition - Tarek Kahlaoui

Tunis — The Troika high coordinating committee held, on Tuesday evening, a meeting devoted to carrying on examination of the cabinet reshuffle and the results of political dialogue on the transitory stage events, in addition to the creation of authorities of supervision and regulation of sensitive sectors, notably the audiovisual sector.

Interim Prime Minister and Ennahdha Secretary-General Hamadi Jebali, Ennahdha leader Rached Ghannouchi, Ettakattol party Chairman Mustapha Ben Jaafar and Secretary-General of the Congress for the Republic (CPR) Mohamed Abbou as well as members of the working groups stemming from the three parties took part in the meeting.

The Troika high coordinating committee will hold on Thursday another meeting to reach a final agreement on issues on the agenda, committee member Tarek Kahlaoui (CPR) told TAP news agency, underlining "the need to announce soon the new government line-up in such a manner as to regain public trust."

Mr. Kahlaoui pointed out that debates had provided the occasion to move forward as regards the issue of the cabinet reshuffle and the Government's action plan, as well as the results of contacts made with political formations which say to be ready to join the Government, namely the Wafa Movement, the Democratic Alliance and the Freedom and Democracy bloc.

He added that Premier Jebali will confer Wednesday with representatives of these formations to determine positions as regards joining the next government and brief the Troika high committee on the results of this meeting.

He went on saying that "the Troika high co-ordination committee managed to draft a joint document between the three parties and the new partners on the action programme and its priorities."

Besides, Mr. Kahlaoui asserted that the debates are close to a consensus on the composition of the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HAICA).

The CPR delegation, he went on saying, emphasised, during the meeting of the Troika high coordination meeting, the efforts exerted by Caretaker President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, CPR Honorary President, during his meetings with the trade unions and the associations representing the information sector.

The Troika coordinating committee agrees on the need to broaden national political and social dialogue and will announce, in the coming days, a dialogue initiative on the political agenda and the date of the elections, he said.

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