22 February 2013

Tunisia: Hamadi Jebali Apologises to Tunisian People

Tunis — Outgoing Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali affirmed, in a televised address Thursday evening, that he had decided "after consultations and much though" not to accept his party's proposition to lead the next government.

"I have refused the proposition out of awareness that this mission has no chance of success. I apologise for refusing, I know that the country and the people are expecting a solution", he said.

Mr. Jebali also expressed conviction that an apolitical technocratic cabinet, supported by all the political parties and entrusted with fulfilling the expectations of the Tunisian people remained the best option.

He deplored in this regard the lack of political support to his initiative "which led him to resign".

"I do assume, together with my cabinet, the responsibility of the situation the country is now living through", he added, implicating as well the ruling parties, the opposition parties and all national players "especially the parties that took part in two recent meetings of consultations".

"I blame all the parties without exception but to different extents of course," Mr. Jebali went on saying, criticising as well the media which he urged to "feel pity for citizens and for the country" and "not add fuel to the flames".

Hamadi Jebali also blamed all the social and union parties which, he said, "should have been aware that the situation in the country needed more patience, for sit-ins and strikes have only weakened national economy," stating however that he did understand their claims.

The outgoing PM urged businessmen and investors "not to hesitate and not to wait" to contribute to boost national economy and investments, stressing the need to secure a favourable climate for that.

Besides, Mr. Jebali called on "brotherly and friendly states" to "support Tunisia's efforts through advice and not to interfere in the country's internal affairs".

"The success of the revolution is the responsibility of all the Tunisians," Mr. Jebali added before praising the "heroic and republican" Army as well as the security system for their efforts .

In conclusion, he apologised to the Tunisian people and to all those he might "have harmed". "I apologise for failing or disappointing them," he affirmed, adding that he was optimistic for the future and that the revolution will win.

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