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Interim President chairs ceremony marking 55th Anniversary of National Army

Published the:  24/06/2011

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June 24, 2011 - TAP - A ceremony was held, on Friday at the premises of the National Defence Ministry, to mark the 55th Anniversary of the National Army's foundation, under chairmanship of Interim President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Foued Mebazaa.
After saluting the flag as the national anthem was performed and reviewing a detachment of honour of military academies and schools participating in the military festival organised on the occasion, Mr. Mebazaa delivered to all units of the armed forces the Order of the Day in which he expressed his congratulations to officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers on this Day celebrated by Tunisia with pride for the first time after the January 14 Revolution.
He said that the National Army, which is constantly committed to its fundamental, cyclical and complementary missions and faithful to the principles of the Republican regime and its patriotic credo, is having a date with history in this critical stage in the life of the Tunisian people through its rigorous stand in the recent events witnessed by Tunisia.
Mr. Foued Mebazaa said that the National Army is playing in this delicate stage a key role as it contributes to efforts made to maintain public order, protect citizens and public and private property and preserve the Revolution of Tunisian youth.
He said that this mission has not been discharged at the expense of protecting the Tunisian land and sea borders and airspace, specifying that the Tunisian Army has also managed to fulfill its humanitarian duty on the Tunisian-Libyan border, as testified to by humanitarian and UN organisations which described the Army's attitude as exemplary vis-à-vis the Libyan brothers and refugees of all nationalities.
After delivering the Order of the Day, the Interim President presented a number of servicemen with their new stripes and military decorations.
The ceremony was attended, in particular, by Caretaker Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi, Government members and the members of the Higher Council of Armies.
The ceremony was also attended by governors of the district of Greater Tunis, political parties' secretaries-general and national figures.