21 February 2013

Tunisia: CPR to Take Part in New Government, Hédi Ben Abbès

Carthage — Congress for the Republic (CPR) official spokesman Hédi Ben Abbès said on Thursday that his party supports the formation of a coalition government including national competences.

"Our party will take part in the new government and will have an active role to play," he said at the end of a meeting with President Moncef Marzouki.

Mr. Ben Abbès who was accompanied by CPR politburo members, said that the proposal of a personality to the post of Prime Minister is the responsibility of the party having the highest number of seats in the National Constituent Assembly, specifying that this issue "has not been decided yet."

He voiced wish to reach a way out of the current situation as soon as possible and a consensus around the composition of the new government, "thanks to the concordant positions between several parties," adding that "Tunisia does not withstand any blockage in this sense."

As to the resignation of CPR Secretary-General Mohamed Abbou, Mr. Hédi Ben Abbès indicated that "CPR has not received a resignation from Mr. Abbou and considers that he is still its secretary-general," adding that the party's politburo will meet today under his chairmanship.

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