17 February 2013

Tunisia: Ettakatol in Favour of Government of Experts, Neutrality of Sovereign Ministries

Sfax — Secretary-General of Ettakatol Mustapha Ben Jaafar said, Sunday in Sfax, that his party supports the formation of a government of national experts including competent politicians who should establish a link between the government and political forces. "Sovereign ministries should be neutral and independent from political parties," he however insisted.

Chairing a special meeting of the National Board of Ettakatol to discuss the recent developments on the political scene, Ben Jaafar reiterated his party's support for the initiative of Interim Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali for the formation of a government of technocrats." The advantage of this initiative is that it puts the rug under the feet of those who seek to stir up division," he indicated.

He also cautioned against the risk of abandoning this initiative which is, he said, "an important national and international commitment and a bold step to break with the logic of attachment to power."

Mustapha Ben Jaafar also called for the need to avoid political wrangling and retain the positive aspects of Hamadi Jebali's initiative as a "way out of the crisis."

The document submitted by the Interim Prime Minister to political parties should represent a roadmap for the next stage which begins with the formation of a government, a national dialogue and finally discussion of urgent political and social issues, he said.

"Attachment to legitimacy is shared by all political parties including those which had disregarded this legitimacy on several occasions," he stressed, adding that the power of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) is "legitimate and original."

He regretted "pessimistic statements which ignore the achievements accomplished by both the NCA and the government and only criticise by using the media."

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