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Ghannouchi: Ensuring democratic transition and economic revival of the country

Published the:  28/01/2011

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Tunisia is facing two main challenges in the forthcoming period: democratic transition and revival of economic activity to ensure more social justice, said Prime Minister at the Interim Government Mohamed Ghannouchi.
In an interview given, on Friday January 28, 2011 evening, to TV channel "Nessma", Mr. Ghannouchi said consultations on the new line-up of the Interim Government took into consideration this point, adding that efforts are now focusing on attracting Tunisian highly-qualified skills abroad to meet the challenges faced by Tunisia.
In this delicate situation, he explained, consultations on the new line-up of the Interim Government were stepped up to involve all parties, whether political parties, civil society, political sensitivities, skills, or academics.
Although Tunisia has not a rich experience in democratic transition, he said, it is committed to take up this political challenge, so as to prove to the world that it is the cradle of the Mediterranean civilisation.
Tunisia, a country bearer of a message, has all necessary means to ensure the success of this democratic transition which will help all Tunisians, from all political trends, to express themselves in total freedom and choose their leader after this transitory period, said Mr. Ghannouchi.
The first measures taken fall in this framework, he specified, adding that committees have started their work to introduce political reforms.
The first measure taken by the Interim Government was the general amnesty, reminded the Prime Minister.
Addressing the economic challenge, Mr. Mohamed Ghannouchi said Tunisia, which has always relied on its capacities and its own resources, is called to meet the aspirations and needs of underprivileged regions and its population who live in difficult conditions.
The point, he said, is to boost economic life as soon as possible, achieve greater social justice and benefit all regions, particularly, remote areas, of the fruits of economic growth to remain faithful to the martyrs, particularly Mohamed Bouazizi who prompted this Revolution.
The Government, he said, has ensured that its line-up includes highly qualified Tunisian skills and senior officials operating in major international companies having an experience and a network of acquaintances which, he said, will certainly help Tunisia boost the development process and prompt a return to normalcy.
Regarding the departure of several symbols of the former regime from the new line-up of the Interior Government, the Prime Minister said history will keep the initiatives taken by those officials to preserve the life of Tunisians.
History, he added, will certainly, retain their wish to pull out from this Government in response to the people's call, by placing the interest of the nation above any other consideration to save the revolution and ensure democratic transition.
On the other hand, Mr. Ghannouchi underlined that despite the difficult situation experienced by Tunisia, electricity and telecommunication grids were not cut, thanks to national skills who have ensured the proper functioning of public services and protect vital sites.
Life in different regions, he affirmed, has gradually returned to normalcy, which reflects the maturity of Tunisian people, adding that Tunisian and foreign investors are betting now on Tunisia, all the more so that the new context will be characterised by complete transparency.
Foreign investors, who expressed their desire to invest in inland regions, such as Sidi Bouzid, Kef and Kasserine, he said, are willing to consolidate their investments in Tunisia, adding that several sisterly and friendly countries have expressed as well their willingness to help Tunisia, which will certainly enhance the confidence in the capacity to overcome difficulties and preserve the gains made.
The reactions of sisterly and friendly countries were particularly moving, said Mr Ghannouchi, pointing out that President Obama hailed, before the U.S. Congress, the courage and fervour of the Tunisian people because "what has been achieved in less than 15 days was a miracle."
These reactions, which praise the Revolution and martyrs, he said, inspire pride and rehabilitate the glory and rich history of Tunisia, as they vest the Interim Government with more responsibility to fulfill their mission fully.
Mr. Mohamed Ghannouchi, in other respects, has shown understanding towards the wave of protests in the recent days, against the first Interim Government, against all those who had assumed positions in the former regime and also against his person, adding that these protests were motivated by the fear of repeating the scenario of 1987 and the confiscation of the revolution.
Efforts, he affirmed, are focused on "breaking with the past and seeking reconciliation on new bases, while being committed to the sovereignty of Tunisia and its people so that it remains faithful to the martyrs and to all who lost their lives, experienced difficult situations or were tortured in the past period."
« We have acted in order to avoid a bloodbath that threatened Tunisia and we are here to try to write a new page in our history», he argued, adding that the current situation requires joining efforts to save the country and the people's Revolution and achieve the consensus sought-after.

"Though dangers and threats exist, there are still favourable opportunities to open a new page that inspires the pride of this small country of 10 million inhabitants which has the ability to create from nothing a model for several nations", he concluded.