Tunisia Opposition Leader: Dialogue With Govt Is on the Horizon

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 09:02 AM

By Robert Brothers

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There is a renewed hope of reaching a diplomatic solution between the Tunisia government and the opposition, according to the secretary-general of Tunisia's opposition Republican Party, Maya Jribi, who said negotiations could begin as early as this week, according to the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir.
 
The interview was translated by al-Monitor, a media website reporting on Middle East foreign affairs.

The origin of the Arab Spring, in 2011 the Tunisian revolution resulted in the overthrow of the autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Since then, the first free elections were held and Tunisia has been consolidating its young democracy.

However, the Tunisian political crisis continues and fears have grown following the assassination of opposition MP Mohammed Brahmi on July 25. This comes as Tunisians begin to worry about the potential dissolution of the frameworks imposed by the state for any comprehensive political work, if all mediation between the government and opposition parties were to fail.

In this context, As-Safir interviewed Jribi, who asserted that "the crisis in Tunisia is critical. It is a governing coalition crisis."

The interview revealed that new avenues for resolving the matter have begun to emerge, and Jribi stated that "as a result of several efforts the national dialogue can be launched early next week."

Jribi went on to assert that "the opposition's demands is clear: the departure of this failing government and a consensus on an impartial government headed by an independent prime minister who undertakes the implementation of a clear platform that is able to garner the support of all parties and guide the country toward transparent elections in a secure environment."

Despite the failures of the current government, Jribi remains optimistic. Although feelings of frustration have begun to overwhelm Tunisia's political parties, bilateral meeting have been resumed and are paving the way for a broad national dialogue.

"The two meetings between Ahmed Najib Chebbi, the president of the Senior Political Board of the Republican Party on one hand, and Ennahda leader Rachid al-Ghannouchi and Abbasi on the other, have opened new paths towards a solution," Jribi said.

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