14 February 2013

Tunisia: Political Parties 'Worried' About Council of Elders

Tunis — Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki received on Wednesday a delegation of Al-Aridha party and its parliamentary group who said they were "worried" about the setting up of a Council of Elders.

Al Aridha Spokesman Aymen Zouaghi affirmed indeed that the setting up of this council aroused worries, alluding to general Rachid Ammar attending the first council meeting "in uniform," saying that this structure "threatened to replace the National Constituent Assembly or to become an instrument of pressure".

Mr. Mohamed Hamdi, General Co-ordinator of the Democratic Alliance said for his part that "the Council of Elders could arouse fears if it turns out to be a decision-making structure and not a structure of consultation".

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