13 September 2013

Tunisia: Dissident Deputies Refuse to Return to NCA

Photo: Noeman AlSayyad/ UNDP
A man checks out electoral lists of the Constituent Assembly elections (file photo).

Carthage — President Moncef Marzouki conferred, on Friday, with dissident deputies about their possible return to the National Constituent Assembly (NCA), once they accept the principle of taking part once more in the Assembly's works and contribute thus to overcoming the crisis faced by the country.

Deputy Hichem Hosni together with Shafik Zarrouk and Hasna Marsit pointed out at the end of the meeting, that the President of the Republic had urged them as well as the other dissident deputies, to return to the NCA to finish off the remaining steps in the transition process and the Assembly's mission given the deterioration of the economic and security situation in the country.

Mr. Hosni added, according to a presidency communiqué, that he had declined the proposal so had his colleagues, in the absence of confidence between opposition parties and the ruling alliance.

He stressed the dissident deputies' determination not to return to the NCA, as the deadline proposed to finish off its mission is unfeasible.

It is out of question that we return to the assembly before the resignation of the government and revision of previous appointments, he said.

A number of NCA elected members announced on July 25 their withdrawal from the assembly, following the assassination of deputy Mohamed Brahmi on the same day.

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