14 January 2013

Tunisia Starts Next Stage 'With More Maturity, Experience and Motivation' - Ben Jafaar

Bardo — National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar assured that Tunisia, which celebrates the second anniversary of the Revolution, is starting the next stage with more determination, maturity, experience and motivation, in recognition to the sacrifices of martyrs and activists.

In his address at the Social Pact's signing ceremony between the Government, the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) and the Tunisian Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Union (UTICA), Mr. Ben Jaafar called all political and social players to make reason and wisdom prevail and oppose violence under all its forms, to put an end to the climate of tension and help the country make it past the transitional period towards the establishment of permanent constitutional institutions.

He also hailed all efforts and initiatives aimed to establish dialogue and concord between all the political scene components, expressing optimism about "the sense of responsibility and opening to dialogue, without exclusion, shown by the various sides."

Mr. Ben Jaafar invited all political forces represented in NCA and social partners to open dialogue within the Assembly and endeavour to activate UGTT's initiative which consists in defining a clear roadmap with a large national consensus and a reasonable calendar for the forthcoming political events.

Besides, NCA Speaker pointed out that the edification of a solid and free national economy requires "a new model of a balanced and fair development and plans to make the most of all competences, establish good governance and fight against corruption."

He specified that Tunisia's new Constitution places the social dimension on top of priorities and give constitutional guarantees in matters of Human Rights, in general, and economic and social rights, in particular.

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