Tunis — Ennahdha party co-ordinator Abdelhamid Jelassi asserted, on Monday, that his party opted "for consensus and for the completion in the shortest term the transition process but refuses to jeopardise the future of the country by delivering it to vacuum and leaving it move towards the unknown."
The Ennahdha party "is open to dialogue". It clearly expressed it by accepting the initiative of the quarter which sponsors dialogue, on the basis of correlation between the constituent and governmental process," he added during a meeting with the press organised by Ennahdha party.
For his part, Ennahdha executive bureau member Rafik Abdessalem underlined that the party's approach obeys to a set of general principles, notably "a need of national dialogue on the basis of the quartet initiative and without preconditions."
In this approach, he said, the party "underlines the need to lead to the end the constituent tasks, therefore maintain the National Constituent Assembly, promulgate the Constitution, set a clear date for the elections, then, once these tasks carried out, form a government based on skills and presided by an independent personality."
"What fears Ennahdha party, Rafik Abdessalem further said, is that the constituent stage does not reach its end," raising fear, according to him "the statements of some parties within the opposition which favour the formation of a government without referring to the National Constituent Assembly and evade the election deadline."
In turn, Ajmi Lourimi, also member of Ennahdha executive bureau said that "there would be no other framework for the political process than the institutions". "Removing power from an elected stakeholder to hand it to another unelected party, is not part of the practices of democratic life," he underlined, emphasising that Ennahdha " turns towards the enlargement of consensus and strengthening the electoral legitimacy by consensual legitimacy."
Lourimi denied that a break point is reached between Ennahdha and the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT). "The UGTT left the door open to dialogue. Ennahdha did the same because we are persuaded that dialogue is prerequisite to resolve the outstanding issues," he went on saying.
Answering a question on the economic situation in the country, Lourimi said that "the situation is difficult but not catastrophic." He asserted that the economic juncture is mainly due to "social and political tensions inTunisia."
According to him, "the threats of strike or blocking production are not the solution to end this situation."
On the reasons of the absence of Ennahdha President Rached Ghannouchi in this news conference while it was announced, Ajmi Lourimi simply said that the party "has enough leaders to express its points of view," he specified.