11 February 2013

Tunisia: CPR Decides to Freeze for a Week Decision to Withdraw Its Ministers From the Government - Mohamed Abbou

Tunis — The Congress for the Republic (CPR) decided to freeze for a week, its decision to withdraw its ministers from the government, after meeting, Sunday, with the Ennahdha movement which voiced readiness to satisfy the CPR claims, according to Secretary-General Mohamed Abbou.

Abbou underlined, Monday, during a meeting with the press, marked by the participation of the CPR ministers and an important presence of national and foreign media, that Ennahdha "will continue Monday, its consultation with Ettakattol and Wafa movement which could figure in the next government line up".

He said: "to remain within the government, the CPR requires a programme of clear actions, for the next stage, neutrality of the Foreign and Justice Ministries and effective dealing with corruption files."

As regards, the technocrat government announced by interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, Abbou voiced anxiety concerning the repercussions of this decision, notably, a possible return of the former Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) members and former regime symbols to power, asserting that it was not a question of changing one minister without consulting the National Constituent Assembly.

Abbou also underlined the CPR position vis-à-vis the cabinet reshuffle since the initiation of consultations in July 2012, underlining his party's readiness to "change anyone of its members in the government whose performance was below the required level" ensuring that the CPR is not aspiring for the Foreign Affairs or Justice Portfolios.

Besides, Abbou denied the existence of divergence of position within the CPR, between refusal of the technocrat government and call for a mini government, noting "the difficulty to reduce the number of ministers on the technical and practical levels."

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