Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Concerning the Situation in Tunisia

January 18, 2011

  1. On January 17 (Mon.) (local time), The Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced the formation of a new cabinet that includes three leaders of the opposition parties and also promised freedom of the media and the holding of fair elections, etc. The Government of Japan considers the reference to these political reforms to be of great importance.

  2. Japan strongly expects that the presidential election, which according to the Constitution of Tunisia is to be held in the near future, will be conducted freely, fairly and under peaceful circumstances.

  3. Japan condemns the violence that is currently continuing to occur in Tunisia and has strong expectations that all the parties concerned will make the greatest possible efforts towards the restoration of public order.