Tahya Tounes and Qalb Tounes urge investigation into "assault” against PDL bloc members and its president
18/01/2020 22:02, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Qalb Tounes Party and the Tahya Tounes parliamentary bloc called, in separate statements, for the initiation of a “serious investigation into an assault” against MPs of the Free Destourian Party (PDL) bloc and its president Abir Moussi.

The Tahya Tounes Movement bloc condemned "the fact that some visitors to the House of People's Representatives assaulted the members of the PDL bloc,” considering it a threat to the safety of MPs in the exercise of their duties.

It also drew attention to the "seriousness of the inflammatory speech of some parties which once again opens the door to political violence", calling for an urgent investigation to determine responsibility and reveal the circumstances of this incident.

The Tahya Tounes bloc also called on the presidency of the Parliament and all the blocs and MPs to ensure the smooth conduct of legislative work, to comply with the internal rules of parliament, to secure mutual respect among all and to preserve the image of the Parliament as a sovereign institution.

For its part, the Qalb Tounes party condemned the storming of the Parliament by "foreigners who verbally and physically assaulted an MP, Abir Moussi and members of her bloc", expressing its deep indignation and denunciation at this assault which "is a dangerous precedent likely to undermine freedom of expression and the democratic process in the country".

The party affirmed its categorical rejection of the "use of intimidation and violence to settle disputes between political parties".

Qalb Tounes demanded a serious and transparent investigation into this abuse to determine responsibility and reveal all the circumstances that led to this reprehensible and unacceptable incident", and to take steps to prevent it from happening again in the future.

It reiterated the responsibility of people’s representatives to ease the tension and their main role in "reassuring the Tunisian people in this delicate security situation the country is going through".

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