Tunisia: "It Is Out of Question Today to Dissolve Parliament" (Rached Ghannouchi)

Tunis/Tunisia — "It is out of question today to dissolve the parliament, unless it is unable to fulfil one of its main functions, namely to set up a government," Ennahdha President Rached Ghannouchi said on Sunday.

Speaking at a political conference on the theme: "Faithfulness to the national liberation movement's values of activism," organised by the youth office of the Ennahdha movement on the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Independence Day.

He added that in 1938, the national liberation movement had called for the establishment of a Tunisian parliament. The very idea of a parliament has always existed in the country's independence project and in the Tunisian political culture, he explained.

Ghannouchi added: "Today, there are some who call for the dissolution of the parliament, which is paradoxical."

The speaker further pointed out that the 2011 Revolution "does not break with the state of independence," but an opportunity to catch up with the backwardness in terms of social justice and equity between the regions.

"The state of independence" achieved several accomplishments, especially in the health and education fields and succeeded in establishing stability; however, it failed in some tasks, especially in the political field. "It prosecuted its opponents from all political backgrounds," he argued.

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