Tunisia: Ben Jaafar ‘Deeply Satisfied’ With ‘Substantial Reconciliation’
Bardo — President of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar said, on Monday, he was “deeply satisfied” with the “substantial reconciliation” of positions of political stakeholders on the political crisis in the country.
The principle of the government resignation, the formation of an independent technocratic government and keeping the National Constituent Assembly until the end of its mission would have been accepted.
The President of NCA called “important and crucial” the meeting expected during the day or on Tuesday to agree on a platform of national dialogue. “Wisdom commands us to show more caution to ensure optimal conditions for a real start of dialogue and to get stakeholders around the same table,” he stressed at a statement.
Regarding his decision to suspend work of the NCA, Ben Jaafar recalled that the decision was taken “for the national interest” and to “help create favourable terms for a real dialogue between stakeholders.” According to him, the decision has largely contributed to defuse tension,” in the country.
Mustapha Ben Jaafar also welcomed the changing positions of political stakeholders by the abandonment of respective “red lines,” particularly regarding the acceptance of the principle of the government resignation and the formation of a new apolitical government headed by a national independent person, on the one hand and keeping the National Constituent Assembly, while there were many calls for its dissolution.
Ben Jaafar thanked the deputies “for their patience and understanding,” commending the role of sponsors of dialogue, particularly “the historical role played by the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT).
The President of the National Constituent Assembly said he will deliver a speech to the nation next Wednesday, September 4.