4 January 2014

Tunisia: Quartet to Meet Interim and Designate PMs On Monday

Bardo — Three decisions have been taken during Saturday's plenary session of the national dialogue, we learned from representative of the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) Ali Zeddini.

Mr. Zeddini said after the plenary session of the national dialogue, whose works were lifted at 1 p.m., that one of these decisions concerned an agreement for holding a meeting next Monday between the quartet sponsor of the dialogue and parties' leaders; the aim being to assess the dialogue process (governmental, constituent and electoral) and incite the deputies of each party to stick to the agreements reached and assess the agreements reached at the level of the governmental process.

Another decision, the same source specifies, concerns a meeting, the same day, with caretaker Prime Minister Ali Larayedh and designate PM Mehdi Jomaâ to establish a report on the governmental process and consultations on the formation of the new government.

The third decision consists in entrusting the liaison and co-ordination committee between the national dialogue and the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) with requesting the NCA president to convene the consensus commission in the shortest terms.

Emphasis was placed on the need to carry on consultations on contentious issues in the draft Constitution during the plenary session of the national dialogue so as to clean up the climate in the NCA.

In turn, President of the liaison and co-ordination committee between the national dialogue and the NCA and deputy S-G of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Bouali Mbarki invited all the stakeholders of the dialogue to stick to the roadmap that he considered as a "choice for the next stage and salvation for the country at the time of the present crisis."

"Any attempt to deviate from the roadmap, blockade the process or manipulate the schedule and the dates set, undermines the national dialogue and minimises the efforts aimed to find serious solutions," he cautioned.

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