13 February 2013

Tunisia: Popular Front Calls for Government of Competences

Tunis — The Popular Front called on Tuesday for a government of competences and "salvation", formed within a consensual framework and a national congress of dialogue.

"We support the idea of a government of competences, but it should be determined by a national salvation congress attended by the country's active political and civil forces," Popular Front official spokesman Hamma Hammami said on Tuesday.

At a news conference in Tunis, he said that the national congress should "discuss and analyse the causes of the current crisis and suggest a programme to overcome it," adding that "this congress will not be an alternative to the National Constituent Assembly."

"The October 23 legitimacy has decreased and lost a great deal of its credibility," he said, adding "this does not mean that the National Constituent Assembly should be dissolved and draw the country into a vacuum situation."

Hammami laid the blame on the government for the escalation of violence "that led to the assassination of Popular Front founder Chokri Belaid," calling to question the slowness of reforms and the transitional justice mechanisms.

He asked to incriminate atonement, the use of mosques for political purposes and inciting people to violence in the political and religious discourse and on social networks, "notably on the Facebook page close to Ennahdha."

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