29 January 2014

Tunisia: Jomaa's Government Wins Confidence Vote With Majority of 149 Votes

Bardo — Mehdi Jomaa's government won, on Tuesday evening, the confidence vote of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) by a majority of 149 votes in favour, 20 against and 24 abstentions.

"I would like to leave the NCA, confident of the deputies' support and accompanied by a solid team," Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa said shortly before the confidence vote.

"Based on a rich experience and an efficient working method, the government members are able to find out solutions," he affirmed, pointing out that the confidence vote in favour of this government will have a positive impact at the economic and financial levels as was the case for the Constitution adoption.

"Setting a date for the next elections does not fall within my portfolio," he specified.

Yet, he asserted commitment to comply with the various transitional provisions and provide the necessary conditions to organise free, transparent and credible elections.

Besides, Jomaa promised to revise the appointments at regional level so as to consecrate neutrality.

"There is no interest in keeping an official who failed in his mission just because of his party affiliation," he said.

Jomaa also undertook to finish off the transitional justice process, which, according to him, is based on five points: Revealing the truth, accountability, compensation, reconciliation and reform of State institutions.

"The file of the Leagues of the Revolution Protection will be addressed in accordance with the law," he specified.

"We will no longer tolerate any organisation that incites hatred and violence," He warned.

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