Tunisia's PDP appeals for calm, democracy

2011-07-19 19:17
Tunis - Tunisia's main opposition party, the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), appealed for calm on Tuesday and urged "democratic forces" in Tunisia to resist attempts to destabilise the country.

Violence has once again flared in Tunisia over the last few days with a number of demonstrations and attacks on police stations in several towns.

On Sunday a teenager was shot and killed at a protest in Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of the Tunisian revolution late in 2010.

"The PDP is determined to save the electoral process in Tunisia and calls on all democratic forces to resist attempts to destabilise it," PDP founder Ahmed Nejib Chebbi told a press conference on Tuesday.

"Some [groups] are trying to destabilise the country and want to break up the process leading to peaceful elections," said PDP general secretary Maya Jribi, without naming them directly.

Commentators believe that Jribi was referring to the powerful Islamist movement Ennahda and to far-left organisations.

On Monday, Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi said that elections planned for October 23 would still go ahead.

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