3 February 2013

Tunisia: 'Some CPR Members Went Into Electoral Game Well in Advance'

Tunis — Vice-President of Ennahdha Movement Abdelfatah Mourou told TAP Saturday that "some members of the Congress for the Republic Party (CPR) have gone into an electoral game well in advance."

Mr. Mourou's remarks came in reaction to the decision of the extraordinary national council of CPR to quit the Government within a week if the document on the performance of the Government subject of consensus within the Troika is not signed.

The Vice-President of Ennahdha said, in this regard, "it seems that some members within the CPR have turned their backs on the current crisis and think only of the forthcoming elections. They do not shoulder the responsibility of work within a coalition."

"Negotiating with Ennahdha on well-defined departments (key ministries) is an attempt to deprive the movement of its right as a majority party," he indicated.

In return, Spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic Adnan Mansar (CPR) said Mourou's remarks show "a lack of understanding of what is happening within a major party, the CPR."

He told TAP: " at the internal level, the CPR has never been so efficient as it is today," adding that "the message sent by Ennahdha reflects a tendency to further lock itself."

He criticised the position of the "Shura" Council (consultative body) of Ennahdha, "which makes things difficult," and "had abandoned its previous commitments," reflecting the demands of the majority of political parties in Tunisia.

He considered that Ennahdha "lacks seriousness in its relations with its allies," adding that "undertaking a duty goes hand in hand with the weight of the responsibility of each party."

Secretary-General of the CPR Mohamed Abbou had announced at a press conference held Saturday night his party's national council decision to quit the current Government if the document on the performance of the government subject of consensus within the Troika is not signed.

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