Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi announced, on Thursday January 27, 2011 evening, in an address broadcast live on national television, the new make-up of the National Unity Government (NUG) which he argued was the fruit of deep and intense consultations carried out among all national political sides and various components of civil society, and which resulted in a broad consensus on the new line-up of the NUG.
After reading out the full make-up of the Government, the Prime Minister pointed out that it comes out from the reshuffle that nine members have kept their ministerial portfolios and twelve members have been replaced, asserting that determination was strong that the chosen ministers be competent, experienced and able to take up the challenges and win the bets posed to the country.
He said that the announced government is a transition, an interim, government whose mission consists in helping the country achieve democratic transition and combine the required conditions for holding the next presidential election, which will offer the country the opportunity to voice its will freely and all guarantees so that this electoral event reflects the Tunisian people’s determination.
Mr. Ghannouchi pointed out that the Government pledges itself that the coming election, by means of the chosen directions, take place under the oversight of an independent commission and with the attendance of international observers, so that voting be transparent and credible.
The Prime Minister underlined that the main mission of the interim government is to carry out the needed reforms, on the basis of participation of all sides of the political and civil landscape and competences in the Higher Political Reform Commission’s works.
He added that the purpose consists in managing to introduce major and quality reforms which would touch on the different laws regulating public life, notably the Press Code, the Electoral Code, Fight Against Terrorism Act and the law on political parties, in such a way as to achieve review of all those anti-democratic pieces of legislation and broaden the scope and guarantees of freedom and pluralism.
The Prime Minister pointed out that, as part of the intense consultations on the formation of the new government, the different visions and stands had been listened to, and known national potentialities had been called on because of their credibility, experience, scientific ability and radiance, both on the national and international scales.
Mr. Ghannouchi extended, in this connection, consideration to all personalities and competences who responded favourably to the homeland’s call and accepted to be member of the government, in spite of their international commitments, driven as they are by the sole purpose to serve Tunisia and promote the Nation.
Given the profound awareness of the hard and delicate situation the country is going through, the Prime Minister emphasised that the duty dictates to join all efforts and pour all energies in saving the country and ensuring return to normalcy under the shortest terms, in such a manner as to face up to the fall-out of the recent events and restore normal pace at all levels of activity, notably through resumption by Tunisia’s children - pupils and students - of their courses, underlining that Government is in the service of all Tunisians, men and women, as well as the interest of the motherland.
He stressed the vital part falling on the three recently formed national commissions which have already, he specified, started operating, as they are the essential foundation on which rests the introduction of radical and deep reforms that would help the country enter a new stage, one during which liberties and democracy would be strengthened and guarantees to Human Rights would be entrenched.
The Prime Minister highlighted, in this regard, that the crucial mission entrusted, in particular, to the Higher Political Reform Commission which includes all sensitivities of the national scene, all parties, recognised or not, civil society organisations and skills, which would certainly help that conclusions coming out from its works be the crowning stage of all Tunisian men and women’s consensus, at this decisive stage in the country’s progress.
Mr. Mohamed Ghannouchi said that logic requires, at present, to be sincere with the Tunisians by telling them the truth about the delicate nature of the situation, that there are innumerable hardships in several fields and that the circumstances dictate their return to work and perseverance, pointing out that the whole world is watching the Tunisian people’s revolution, also expressing esteem and consideration to them and wishing to see the Tunisians devote themselves to work and take up the posed challenges.
He said that Tunisia and its people have now an appointment with History and they are called upon, at all levels, to discharge their missions, as dictated on them by faithfulness to the martyrs of the motherland, in the first place of whom late Mohamed Bouazizi, which would hoist Tunisia, whose children aspire to build it up into a model for a people who practices its sovereignty, in liberty and democracy.