15 February 2013

Tunisia: Union for Tunisia Calls for National Salvation Congress and Reiterates Support to Jebali's Initiative

Tunis — Al-Jomhouri, Nidaa Tounes, Socialist Party, Patriotic and Democratic Labour Party and Al-Massar announced in a news conference, Friday, the official creation of the Union for Tunisia as an electoral political front.

This news conference is the first since the signing of the Union for Tunisia's founding document, February 11.

The representatives of these parties reiterated on the occasion, their call for the organisation of a national salvation congress and their support to Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali's initiative.

Al-Jomhouri Secretary-General Maya Jribi pointed out that Tunisia needs a new government based on national concord around urgent files, notably anti-violence fight.

Taking the floor, Mr. Samir Taieb from Al-Massar expressed concern about the economic, social and security situation prevailing the country.

Nidaa Tounes Secretary-General Taieb Baccouche pointed to "the failure of the current caretaker government in achieving the objectives it had set," reasserting his support to Mr. Jebali's initiative to form a government of national competences, an initiative that does not conflict with the organisation of a national salvation congress.

Socialist Party Secretary-General Mohamed Kilani said for his part, that the Union for Tunisia is an initiative that will help join efforts and forge ahead in the country's interest, emphasising the need that "the Union should open on the other democratic political forces."

Patriotic and Democratic Labour Party Secretary-General Abderrazek Hammami renewed his call to support legitimacy through a national consensus which will find expression in the organisation of a national salvation congress.

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