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Recent troubles perpetrated by Salafists in Tunis and Republican Pact under focus

Published the:  29/06/2011

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June 29, 2011 - TAP - Wednesday morning's session of the High Authority for Achievement of Revolution Objectives, Political Reform and Democratic Transition was marked by a lengthy debate on the recent events and the acts of violence of last week-end and Tuesday that targeted creators and lawyers.
During the session, which also looked at the draft Republican Pact, participants called on the High Authority to take a clear and firm stand on those events.
In this regard, High Authority member Seghaïer Ouled Ahmed blamed "extremists" for "provocation" and condemned the role of some Arab media and satellite channels in fueling tension.
Mr. Samir Bettaieb from Ettajdid Party said "what happened in Tunisia in recent days is a conspiracy against the country's security that threatens the democratic transition process."
For his part, Mr. Moncef Yaakoubi, representative of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), said that the danger does not threaten Tunisia's Muslim identity which is "indisputable" and "does not tolerate any overbidding."
He said that the country is confronted to more serious threats that relate to democracy and its effective materialisation, as well as to the country's economic future.
Other Authority members stressed the need to face up to all those who are seeking to undermine Tunisia's religious symbols. In this regard, Mr. Mustapha Ben Abd el Kebir, the Médenine Front representative, denounced all attempts to "attack the sacred symbols" under the pretext of freedom of expression, while Mrs. Awatef Zarrouk, from the Development and Justice Party, pointed out that "freedom of speech and individual liberties are legitimate so long as they are practised responsibly."
The attendees voiced satisfaction at the comprehensive nature of the Republican Pact, a document which deals with almost all principles claimed by most of the country's active strengths.
They also pointed out that the Republican Pact should specify clearly that Tunisia is "a civilian state with positive laws", a country where individual freedoms are protected, which guarantees such fundamental public rights as the right to work, education and health, and where the principles of tolerance and dialogue are consecrated.
Besides, the debaters enquired about the restricting character of the text, stressing the need to reassert more clearly the Republican principles and separation of powers and the guarantee of balance among them.
Additionally, they focused on the issue of refusal of normalisation with the "Zionist entity," calling to discredit any form of contact with that entity.
They called for Tunisia's non-membership to any military alliance or "the presentation of any facility to any military force that plans to make use of its territory".