23 October 2013

Tunisia: Larayedh - Government Willing to Resign in Context of Concurrent Processes

Thousands of demonstrators gather in central Tunis to demand the immediate departure of the government led by ruling Islamist party Ennahda. ( Resource: Thousands Protest Against Tunisia Government

Tunis — Interim Prime Minister Ali Larayedh renewed, on Wednesday, his government's willingness to "step down in the context of concurrent and complementary steps and processes set by the roadmap."

Speaking to the press on Wednesday evening, Larayedh added in substance "We do not submit to anyone. We only submit to the higher interest of the country."

He stressed, in this regard, the need for the commitment of all parties and organisations to complete the process provided for by the roadmap and seek compromises.

As it has promised, the government will continue to fully assume its missions at the security and economic levels and in the fight against terrorism, crime and smuggling," he added, calling on public institutions and bodies to focus on their mission" because this is in the interest of citizens."

The Prime Minister also invited the National Constituent Assembly to "work hard to end the drafting of the constitution, set up the election commission, set the date of elections and develop and electoral law.

In another context, Ali Larayedh considered that the marches staged on the same day in regions have been "a failure" and that slogans "detrimental to the dignity of people" were shouted and were therefore devoid of an political or peaceful nature" because they "had no other purpose than to sabotage the dialogue and prevent its success."

Larayedh stressed that the "issue of the fight against terrorism is a common denominator for all Tunisians" and that it is an issue that requires sacrifices and imposes on the state to develop its resources."

The Prime Minister appealed to the Tunisian people to show even more vigilance, continue to contribute to defeat all misadventures or destabilisation attempts and support the efforts of the military and security forces in the fight against terrorism.

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