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Chahed in parliament: government will crack down on speculators

Published the:  21/11/2017

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(TAP) - Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said Tuesday in parliament his cabinet will launch a campaign against speculation with the same firmness and fervor shown in its war on corruption.

Economic control will be daily, added Chahed who said he is closely monitoring the issue and that the government will crack down on speculators who put in danger the purchasing power of the Tunisians.

The national unity government has set the fight against corruption as a top priority. That war aims at protecting the nascent democracy and the arrests that have taken place and will go on in the future fall strictly within this approach, he pointed out.

"Our war targets the corrupt and all those who seek to underestimate the state and the Tunisians (...) we do not allow its political instrumentalisation".

Chahed praised the efforts of the parliament to adopt a series of laws in a short period of time to consolidate the state’s capabilities in that war.

On the fight against terrorism, Youssef Chahed hoped that the law on the protection of law enforcers would be adopted in the near future with a broad consensus between the various parties in parliament.

He also expressed the wish to see this law reconcile the protection of law enforcers and the respect of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

For the national unity government, which was aware as soon as it took office a year ago, of the weight of the challenges that lie ahead, fulfilling the objectives of the revolution of freedom and dignity are a priority, said Youssef Chahed.

"Rumour is the biggest danger to democracy, it targets the state, its symbols and national security," said Youssef Chahed.

Tunisia ranks first in terms of freedom of expression in the region.

This achievement of the revolution is the foundation of any democratic regime that must now be consolidated and developed either by the support of the media and journalists or by the activation of self-regulatory mechanisms.

He added that the government has chosen to support the sector to enable it to fulfill its mission in accordance with the standards in force.

Youssef Chahed believes that the citizens’ right to information is a democratic principle that allows citizens to make decisions based on credible information.

He wished the adoption as soon as possible of the bill on the independent broadcasting regulation authority which was already approved in Cabinet meeting.

On another note, the head of the government insisted on preserving the spirit of the national unity for the interest of Tunisia.

National unity should not be reduced to "government positions,”. The national unity government is a cabinet that excludes tight political tugging.

Political actors need to focus on issues that unite them. "Points of divergence will be decided by the ballot boxes".

The real fight is that of competence over mediocrity in all areas, he argued.

Democracy should not be confused with a conflict of positions between political parties cut off from the reality of Tunisians.

The opposition assumes its democratic role and the majority parties assume responsibility for supporting government action, he said.

In conclusion, the Prime Minister affirmed that state institutions are supportive and work to improve the situation in Tunisia, speaking of the positive outlook of Tunisia’s sovereign rating, recorded for the first time since the revolution.

"If we continue on the path of reform, the country will be better,” he said, adding "with their will, Tunisians are able to improve the economy, win the war on corruption and lobbies and create wealth."