Six Tunisian opposition parties on Friday unveiled a unified “Salvation Front” established with the aim of pressuring the government to find viable solutions to the country’s myriad problems.
“The Salvation Front is gathering the parties of the Free Patriotic Union (UPL), Machrou Tounes, the patriotic and democratic work, Al-Ichtiraki (socialist) and Thaouabet party in addition to the Nidaa Tounes steering committee members.
At a press briefing held at the UPL headquarters on Thursday evening at the end of a consultation meeting, Socialist Party President Mohamed Kilani explained that the name refers to “the critical situation the country is going through and the urgent need to close ranks to alleviate the crisis.” It also reflects the country’s “dangerous situation” and the “urgent need” for viable solutions.
According to Nidaa Tounes member Khamis Kssila, the six-party front was “drawn up with the aim of pushing the government to overcome Tunisia’s most pressing problems and ease the social congestion from which the country is suffering.”
He went on to say that the Salvation Front was open to “anyone from Tunisia’s moderate progressive current”.
A signing ceremony of the constitutive act by its components is scheduled for January 29, added Mohamed Kilani who pointed out that “the door remains open for any new adherence.