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Interim Prime Minister: Tunisia not satisfied but re-assured

Published the:  27/05/2011

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May 27, 2011 - TAP - special correspondent Nedra Boukesra) - Interim Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi said, on Friday in Deauville, that the G8 Summit, in which Tunisia had taken part for the first time, gave strong signals of encouragement to the democratisation process under way in the country.
Tunisia, he said, will receive economic support that would boost its progress on the path to democracy.
"We have had assurances that things will get better and better", he added during the news conference with Finance Minister Jalloul Ayed, pointing out, however, that "we cannot be totally satisfied" at these results.
He said that Tunisia counts first on its own means, then on the support of its different partners across the world, for the implementation of its economic development plan.
Asked on deferral of the elections of the Constituent Assembly as suggested by the High Independent Authority for the Elections, Mr. Essebsi reminded the two sides' proposals --the Government's and the Authority's--, arguing that it is not a postponement but rather a change of date, which is to be looked at, in order to organise "flawless" elections.
The organisation of the elections had been discussed in the interim PM's talk with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Tunisia claimed, in this regard, a financial and technical assistance in this field.
Besides, Mr. Essebsi, who headed the Tunisian delegation in the G8 Summit, had on Friday several talks, notably with American President Barack Obama and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.
He presented, during a working session devoted to democratic transition in the Arab countries, an economic plan requesting a financial support of 25 billion dollars, deeper integration into the European Union, free-trade agreements with the G8 countries and an assistance to the rapprochement and dialogue between peoples.