20 May 2016

Tunisia: 'Political Islam Has No Future in Tunisia' (Caid Essebsi)

Unis — "Political Islam has no future in Tunisia. I am against political Islam. Those who want to apply it as a system of governance in Tunisia failed," said President Beji Caid Essebsi during a meeting with Qatari media.

"Qatar has backed up Tunisia and not a precise political family. Who says the opposite is mistaken," he added at the end of a two-day official visit to Qatar, insisting that "Tunisia's decision is sovereign."

Answering questions on the State's promises in terms of development, employment and democracy, the Head of State estimated that the phenomenon of terrorism has expanded after the revolution, which has contributed to the weakening of the development process.

Fight against terrorism mobilised important funds, impeding the achievement of several projects scheduled by the government, he justified, pointing out "successes at the security level and anticipatory operations carried out recently."

"Tunisia accepts any assistance from all States as part of anti-terrorism fight without political conditionality," he said.

As regards Tunisian-Libyan relations, Caid Essebsi described them as "cordial and deep," voicing wish that the Libyan government will exert its influence on all the Libyan territory.

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