Transfer of Power Will Take Place Next Tuesday, Marzouki Announces

Outgoing President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki announced that he will hand over power to his successor on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

In a video posted, Wednesday, on the official website of the Presidency of the Republic, Marzouki said “he had decided to transfer power as soon as possible, next Tuesday, for the sake of Tunisia, to preserve its stability and civilian peace.”

The outgoing President ensured that he will not lodge appeals for invalidation of the results of the poll, explaining his decision by the fact that filing appeals, “will delay for several weeks the transition stage,” which would represent, according to him,” a burden for Tunisia that it can not bear” given “the fragility of the economic and security situation and because of the war in the border.”

Marzouki emphasised that the poll was marred by violations retaining the right, on his own name and on behalf of the democrats, to resort later to justice. “If we ignore these abuses, it will be neither equitable nor fair”, he said.

He said that a team of lawyers will be tasked to initiate proceedings to the courts concerning any violation committed during the poll, voicing the hope that justice will be rendered and that the authors of these violations will be punished.

As regards “the Citizen People Movement” that he has just launched, Marzouki underlined that this initiative aims to “entrench democracy and achieve the objectives of the Revolution.”

Finally, the outgoing president called on the protesters to restore calm, asking them to stop their movements “for the sake of Tunisia”.

“It is unacceptable that such movements lead to set fire on buildings of state or parties and endanger the life of the citizens,” he added.

Source : Tunis Afrique Presse