21 February 2013

Tunisia: Jebali Pays Tribute to Efforts of Security and Military Institutions

Tunis — Outgoing Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali paid tribute on Thursday to the executives and officers of the security and military institutions "for their efforts in preserving security and stability in the country."

"These two institutions represent the fundamental constants in Tunisia," he said at the end of the meeting he chaired this afternoon in the Interior Ministry, gathering several security executives, with attendance of Interior Minister Ali Larayedh and Secretary of State in Charge of Reform Said Mechichi.

"I wanted to express my gratitude, on my behalf and on behalf of the government," he said.

Hamadi Jebali voiced confidence in the capacity of the Interior Ministry to succeed in the transition process, ensure security, consecrate the republican principles and support the Tunisian people in achieving the Revolution's objectives.

"The security apparatus has become republican in new Tunisia. It serves the people and represents a key tool in the success of the Revolution. It is no longer a tool held by a party or an individual," he added.

Mr. Hamadi Jebali had submitted his resignation to interim President of the Republic Moncef Marzouki on February 19.

He turned down an offer to form a new government after his party's proposal to be its candidate as Prime Minister in the next coalition government.

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