26 January 2013

Tunisia: 'No Compromise About Cabinet Reshuffle' - Jebali

Tunis — "The ruling Troika had not managed until Friday evening to reach a compromise on the cabinet reshuffle, hence, the announcement of the new cabinet line-up was postponed," Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali said on Saturday.

"The draft reshuffle will be submitted in the coming days, to the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) for adoption," he stated to the national and international press.

"To come out of the impasse we had to resort to NCA, which legally has the decision-making power," he explained.

The ministerial reshuffle is not an objective in itself, he pointed out, but a means to achieve an efficient action programme for the coming period and improve the government's performances on the basis of a larger alliance that gathers other parties, competences and independent senior executives.

Besides, Mr. Jebali denied that the current government wants to induce splits within the opposition parties or seduce their leaders.

The Premier considered it urgent to establish a national dialogue within the NCA "without any exclusion," to devise "a political contract" that will help work out an action plan for the coming period to reach consensual solutions about urgent files, make of the constituent stage a success and preserve the democratic process.

He called in this regard NCA and political players to set the date of the elections, promulgate the electoral code and set up the Independent Higher Authority for the Elections, the Independent Authority for the Judiciary and the Independent High Authority for Audiovisual Communication .

In another connection, the Prime Minister announced the presentation of a memorandum on a new political contract for dialogue between the various political players, aimed to evaluate the transition process, define the principles of this contract and its main players and present new approaches regarding decision-making and governing mechanisms.

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