12 February 2013

Tunisia: PPDU Open to PM's Initiative - Zied Lakhdhar

Tunis — Politburo member of the Unified Democratic Patriotic Party (PPDU) Zied Lakhdhar said that his party is ready to "interact with the Prime Minister's initiative related to the formation of a government of technocrats, so as to overcome the deadlock situation of the Troïka."

This initiative, he went on saying "has come late", because it was announced after the assassination of the Party's Secretary-General Chokri Belaid.

During a meeting with the press held Tuesday in Tunis, by the Unified Democratic Patriotic Party, Lakhdhar explained that "this initiative could have sense or achieve success only in objective conditions."

He said that urgent files must be tackled, notably unemployment, protection of the citizen's purchasing power, transitional justice, as well as arresting the perpetrators of Chokri Belaid's assassination.

Besides, Zied Lakhdhar underlined that "this initiative could have sense only when dealing with the file of fight against violence and dissolution of militias, in addition to the security system reform."

He invited the interim PM to open dialogue with the political class and the civil society.

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