17 December 2013

Tunisia: Marzouki Pleased About Agreement On New Premier

Photo: Mehdi Jomaa/Facebook
Industry Minister Mehdi Jomaa is to serve as the country's new PM.

Tunis — Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki said he is pleased about the agreement reached by political parties, with the support of the sponsoring quartet, on the new prime minister to lead the remaining transitional stage, saying this "puts an end to the crisis that lasted too long and threatened the country's stability and image."

In a TV address on Monday evening on El-Wataniya 1 channel, Marzouki reminded that he had promised not to interfere with the choice of the independent figure to head the next cabinet, affirming that he accepted what had been agreed by all parties without bias.

On the other hand, Marzouki reckoned that in order to get out of the current crisis, the situation requires to focus on finish off the transitional stage as soon as possible.

The point is, he said, to join the efforts of businessmen and professional organisations to establish social truce allowing to support the new cabinet.

"All the parties must let the government work in adequate conditions and not impede its action in the remaining transitional stage," he declared, the aim being to rapidly reach elections in favourbale conditions of social stability.

Marzouki also reckoned that the security challenges facing the country now represent a few lone acts in view of the successful offensives launched by the army and security forces.

The success of the new cabinet in matters of security requires that this issue be put above political frictions , he stated, urging to back the efforts made in matters of fight against terrorism.

President Marzouki also invited all parties to give proof of patriotism, preserve peace and support the new cabinet whose forming should not exceed one month.

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