National Dialogue Fails to Decide Which Elections to Hold First – UGTT SG

The National Dialogue failed, on Saturday, to decide which elections to hold first in spite of marathon talks, Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Houcine Abbassi announced.

Notwithstanding an earlier consensus on separate polls, political parties disagreed on whether presidential or legislative elections should precede, Abassi said following the meeting in Bardo.

Leaders of political parties were granted extra time to conduct further consultations, he indicated the national dialogue will resume on Wednesday at 3PM.

The SG hoped the deadlock will be broken in the forthcoming meeting and said the sponsors of the national dialogue will spare no effort to bring views closer.

Resorting to the National Constituent Assembly to reach a decision is unlikely, he pointed out.

“We still bet on consensus to make a decision this will assure the Tunisian people that elections will be held on time, that is by the end of the year as set forth in the Constitution,” Abassi underlined.

“We trust parties which had always softened their positions through dialogue,” he further said.

Abassi also hoped that all parties would place Tunisia’s interest above all considerations.

Source : Tunis Afrique Presse