30 May 2014

Tunisia: National Dialogue Decides in Favour of Separation of Presidential and Legislative Elections (houcine Abbassi)

Bardo — The political parties participating in the National Dialogue conference agreed to separate the presidential and legislative elections, Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Secretary-General Houcine Abbassi said.

The political parties presented their proposals and defended their views over the issue to know if the presidential election must be advanced with respect to the legislative elections or vice versa.

But, concerning this precise point, they have not yet decided, preferring to refer to their structures, pending that the issue be definitively decided, by next Monday to decide if the presidential election must be held before the legislative election or otherwise, Abbassi said, on Friday, when leaving the session of the national dialogue resumption, held in the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Transitional Justice.

According to the UGTT S-G, the security situation in the country was tackled, especially after the terrorist attack of Kasserine.

All the political parties, attending the conference, "agreed for holding a national conference on fight against terrorism" to examine "all the outstanding issues and reach recommendations likely to help fight efficiently this scourge, he added, specifying that "all the political parties fully endorsed this idea and voiced the will to unite efforts against terrorism."

In a statement read out, after the meeting, by UGTT deputy S-G Bouali Mbarki, the parties represented in the national dialogue "condemned the terrorist acts aimed at destabilising the country, including the latest attack against the Interior Minister's home in Kasserine."

They voiced their solidarity with the security victims of this attack and with their families, calling for the holding of a national conference on terrorism "which must be fought as part of national unity."

Twenty political parties are represented in the national dialogue co-sponsored by the quartet: the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Union (UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH), and the National Bar Association.

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