12 February 2013

Tunisia: Union for Tunisia - Jebali's Initiative 'Step Forward On Right Path'

Tunis — The "Union for Tunisia" party said on Monday that the Interim Prime Minister's initiative to form a "government of technocrats" is a "step forward on the right path," especially as it comes in response to the call of "neutrality of sovereign ministries."

Such a government is not based on political quotas and electoral considerations as its members will not stand for the next elections, said a statement released on Monday following a meeting that brought together the five heads of the Union.

The Union for Tunisia is a political and electoral front created on February 11. It includes Nidaa Tounes (Tunisia's Call,) the Republican Party (Al-Jomhouri), the Democratic and Social Path (Al-Massar), the Socialist Party (PS) and the Patriotic and Democratic Labour Party (PTPD).

"The success of this initiative depends on extending dialogue over the action plan and line-up of this government to all parties and civil society organisations as well as to the Tunisian General Labour Union and the Tunisian Union of Trade, Industry and Handicrafts," the Union says.

The National Constituent Assembly adds the Union," has seen much of its legitimacy reduced" and needs "a new consensual legitimacy" so that it can finish off the drafting and adoption of the constitution and enact the electoral code within three months.

Speaking of the "political, economic, social and security situations in Tunisia, especially resulting from the Troika's failure to succeed in the second transition period, "the Union for Tunisia urged to come out of the crisis.

"This situation of crisis is not affordable. We must ensure security, face up to the calls of violence and discord, place law enforcement into the hands of the State's security forces only and disband the Leagues of the Revolution Protection", the Union says.

It also exhorts all democratic forces and all Tunisians to unite for the country's interest.

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