13 June 2014

Tunisia: Date of Elections Will Be Set No Later Than the End of Next Week - Been Jaafar

Carthage — The date of the forthcoming elections will be set by the end of next week, President of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar announced.

"Democratic transition is again on track," he said as he received, Friday, in Dar Dhiafa, Carthage, a visiting European delegation made up of the chair and members of the European Union (EU)'s Political and Security Committee (PSC).

Ben Jaafar reviewed the progress made in the country's transition to democracy and spoke, in this vein, about the setting up of many authorities which will certainly help edify a solid and sustainable democracy.

The latter include the Independent High Authority for Elections, the Provisional Constitutional Review Authority, the High Broadcasting body and the Truth and Dignity Commission.

He also cited the adoption of the law on transitional justice.

"The situation along the border is troubling; yet the general atmosphere in the country is reassuring thanks to the efforts deployed by the Army and security forces," he further said.

Tunisia needs its friends and allies now more than ever to ensure a successful transition and restore stability, Ben Jaafar underscored.

PSC Chair Walter Stevens reaffirmed the institution's willingness to underpin transition in Tunisia and deemed of paramount importance the holding of elections before the end of 2014.

The meeting turned on the security situation in the country and on the border with Libya and means to boost security and economic cooperation, in particular, between Tunisia and the EU.

Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Tunisia Laura Baeza attended the meeting.

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