15 February 2013

Tunisia: Popular Front Will Not Take Part in Jebali-Political Parties' Consultation Meeting

Tunis — The council of the Popular Front's Secretaries-General decided not to take part in the consultation meeting to gather, Friday afternoon, interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and the political parties, with attendance of a number of national figures.

This meeting will serve to complete the consultations on means to improve the general political situation in the country and form a "government of national experts."

The council of the Secretaries-General underline, in a statement released public, that by inviting them by a simple e-mail without prior contact or consultation, contrarily to the other parties' leaders, "the Prime Ministry shows disregard of the most basic imperatives of dialogue and consultation."

The Popular Front reiterates, in this statement, attachment to dialogue, as part of a national conference of salvation guaranteeing the conditions of a dialogue and synergy of ideas and views.

It estimates that there can be no separation between the government line up and dialogue on a real programme of salvation which takes into consideration the reality of the crisis and set a plan to overcome the crisis in order to achieve the transition stage.

The council notes that the investigation on the assassination of martyr Chokri Belaïd does not progress, voicing "serious anxiety as regards a possible occultation of the traces of the crime," the statement reads.

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