9 January 2013

Tunisia: CPR Secretary-General Stresses Need to Set Elections' Date to Appease Tensions

Carthage — Congress for the Republic (CPR) Secretary-General Mohamed Abbou pointed out, on Wednesday, the need to set a consensual date for the forthcoming elections in order to "appease tensions in the country."

He laid emphasis, in his statement to the press at the end of his meeting with President Moncef Marzouki, on "the imperative to undertake before all Tunisians to respect this date."

Besides, Mr. Abbou asserted his party's support to the President of the Republic's initiative to organise a national dialogue between all political parties. "It is an urgent issue and all political formations should take part in," he estimated.

The meeting had been an occasion, he said, to discuss the ministerial reshuffle and the performance of the ruling three-party Alliance, recognising in this regard, the existence of some "problems."

As regards consultations within the Alliance on the ministerial reshuffle, CPR Secretary-General affirmed that there is an agreement of principle on the need to improve the government's performance. "Details will be further discussed and the meeting, Thursday, of the Alliance steering committee will decide about the reshuffle in the ministries of sovereignty," he specified.

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