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Interim Prime Minister meets with representatives of political parties and civil society components in Kairouan

Published the:  06/04/2011

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April 6, 2011 – TAP  - Interim Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi said that the priority of the present stage consists in guaranteeing security which is "a collective responsibility, not solely a governmental one".
He pointed out, during his meeting on Wednesday, at the seat of the Kairouan Governorate, with representatives of the region's political parties and components of civil society components, that the Interim Government, formed a month ago, studied the country's situation and worked out a short-term economic and social project for the benefit of the underprivileged areas.
Mr. Béji Caïd Essebsi specified that one of the key measures set by this project is the guarantee of employment for 60,000 jobless people, during the current year, including 40,000 ones urgently, in such a way as to bring down joblessness which presently stands at 500,000, including 150,000 higher-education graduates.
The Prime Minister said that the project in question also includes assistance for the benefit of 180,000 to 190,000 needy families, in addition to the "Amal" project which will benefit to 200,000 people.
Regarding the phenomenon of insecurity, the Prime Minister stressed the need to combine the efforts of all to restore normalcy in the country, reminding in this respect the numerous enterprises threatened to close, as a result notably to multiplied protests and demonstrations.
Kairouan Governor Mohamed Sahraoui had given, at the beginning of the meeting, a briefing on the region's peculiarities and its main concerns in matters of development, asserting the will to consecrate political reform and democratic transition.
During the debate held on this occasion, the attendees called to establish balance among the regions, underscoring the imperative of bringing those people involved in corruption cases under the deposed regime to account for their misdeeds.
Emphasis was also placed on the importance of close interrelation between economic, social, political and security dimensions, as well as on consolidation of the role of media in the regions.
Earlier, the Prime Minister visited the mausoleum of the Prophet's companion, Abu Zemâa Al-Balawi "Sidi Sahbi," where he recited the "Fatiha."