10 January 2014

Tunisia: Mehdi Jomaa Officially Commissioned to Form New Government

Carthage — Mehdi Jomaa announced, on Friday, that he had been officially commissioned by President Moncef Marzouki to form the new government, in compliance with the law on the provisional organisation of public authorities and in implementation of the roadmap provisions.

In a statement to the media at the end of his meeting with the President of the Republic, Jomaa assured that the "new government will be independent and will include national competences characterised by their neutrality and impartiality."

He also said that he had started consultations about the composition of the future government, listened to a number of parties on this issue and made contacts with candidates for ministerial portfolios, asserting that he will endeavour to form the government "as quickly as possible."

"I will spare no effort to form a cabinet capable of facing the challenges of the stage and restore the Tunisian people's confidence," he pointed out.

The new PM explained that his team will be chosen on the basis of impartiality, competence and neutrality."

"I am not a miracle worker, but I promise I will do my best and make the most of my expertise and the competences of the new cabinet to overcome difficulties and face the posed challenges and reform what we can reform to restore stability," he told reporters.

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