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Interim Prime Minister steps down

Published the:  23/11/2011

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November 23, 2011 - TAP - During a ceremony held on Wednesday at the Carthage Palace, Caretaker President Foued Mebazaa accepted the resignation of the Interim Government submitted by Prime Minister in the outgoing government, Mr. Beji Caid Essebsi, whom he had tasked with managing the country's current affairs until the formation of a new government.
During the ceremony, Mr. Mebazaa paid tribute to the Interim Government members and chairmen of national committees and authorities, decorating them with the insignia of the Order of the Republic.
Mr. Foued Mebazaa extended thanks to all government members and to the Prime Minister for their efforts in the past period, praising their abnegation to discharge their duty under the difficult conditions the country was living through after the glorious Revolution.
The role of the government, he said, was not confined only to managing the country's current affairs but it went beyond that simple framework to establish a future programme, contributing to the improvement of the situation for the next stage.
He voiced consideration to all members and executives of the Tunisian administration who had contributed to the success of the management of the State affairs, ensuring continuity and stability of institutions.
He also thanked the chairmen of national authorities and committees for their will to shoulder their duties, pointing to the role of the Higher Authority for Elections in the success of the October 23 elections.
Mr. Beji Caid Essebsi, for his part, said that the government had assumed its responsibilities by fulfilling its duty and working in full co-ordination among its members and the institution of the Presidency of the Republic.
He pointed out that the situation of the country is presently better than what it was when they took over their duties.
He reminded that one of the major missions assigned to the government had consisted in organising the National Constituent Assembly elections, emphasising that those elections were the first free, pluralistic and transparent elections in the country's history.