Caid Essebsi: "I have 20 months left in my presidential term and I know when I should stop" | Tunisia News Gazette

Caid Essebsi: “I have 20 months left in my presidential term and I know when I should stop”

President Beji CaA�d Essebsi said Tuesday that he still has 20 months in his presidential term and that he knows when he should stop.

“I do not hide my age. The people elected me in 2014 for a five-year term. I have 20 months left and I know when I should stop,” he said in reference to the 2019 presidential election.

“We must spare no effort to serve Tunisia,” he pointed out at a ceremony held at Carthage Palace on the 62nd anniversary of Independence.

In the same context, the Head of State considered it essential to respect the dates of the next political events, including the municipal elections.

“The independence of Tunisia is full and complete,” the President of the Republic said, denouncing, in this regard, some skeptics who question the full autonomy and sovereignty of Tunisia.

“Despite these skeptics, the independence of Tunisia is full and complete,” he indicated, recalling, in this regard, the hard fight and sacrifices made by brave Tunisians that led to the signing of the treaty recognising Tunisia’s independence on March 20, 1956.

“Democracy cannot be imposed, but is exercised. Among its conditions, freedom of the press, freedom of expression and respect for the rule of law, “said Caid Essebsi.

In addition, the President of the Republic reported the decline of several sectors in the recent years, including tourism, oil and phosphates.

“There is no longer any way to suspend phosphate production, he said calling on the government to pay special attention to the agreement reached with protesters in Gafsa and to continue applying the terms of this agreement to mitigate this feeling of disappointment that has overcome the mining basin and offer no arguments to detractors.

The ceremony to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of Independence was attended by members of the government and the heads of political parties and national organisations.

Politicians, national figures and media people were also invited.

Source: TAP News Agency

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