This blog's main topics are the political situation in Tunisia and all the activities surrounding the election of the Constituent Assembly that was held on October 23rd 2011. You will also find interviews and discussions that I conducted with politicians and bloggers from the Revolution. All this from a Canadian perspective in Tunis.
dimanche 30 octobre 2011
An Islamist Prime Minister and a progressive President?
The election is now
complete – discussions in Tunisia are henceforth about the next government and
the recent electoral fraud. Except for a few isolated incidents,
the president of the ISIE, Kamel Jendoubi, declared that the vote was fair and
that the infractions by some of the parties did not stain the credibility of
At the moment, rumors
surrounding the start of the Assembly’s work are at the center of attention.
Since the first results were revealed, Ennadha has taken up most of the space
in the negotiations – not surprising, considering their performance at the
Ennadha disposes of
very large means since they are the only party that can form a majority, albeit
needing a coalition with another political group. For this reason, they have
already proposed a candidate for Prime Minister and have also speculated as to
who the next interim President might be.
The man Ennadha wishes
to propose as Prime Minister is Hamadi Jebali – currently the party’s secretary general and supporter since the early
eighties. He is an engineer from Sousse and was very active in presenting the
party’s ideas to the media during the electoral campaign.
Aware of their status
as a minority government and of Tunisian’s fears of a lone ruling party,
Ennadha is looking for an alliance with a progressive leader. The goal would be
to have that leader as interim president until the next legislative elections.
Rumors suggest that there are three candidates the religious party is
considering – CPR leader Moncef Marzouki, Ettakatol’s Mustapha Ben Jaafar and
Béji Caid Essebsi, current Prime Minister.
The choice of Marzouki
is the most likely of the three. Whatever his supporters and candidates of the
party have said, he never really rejected the idea of an alliance with Ennadha
during the campaign – unlike the rest of progressive leaders. The only problem
with his candidacy is that Mr. Marzouki wishes to keep the Assembly intact for
more than a year – an idea not too popular among the masses and the other
parties. CPR is the only major party that has not signed the agreement
mandating a fixed one-year life span for the Assembly.
Mustapha Ben Jaafar, the leader of Ettakatol.
Interim Prime Minister
Essebsi has said he is considering the offer. Local newspaper El Maghreb reported
that he is Enndha’s first choice.
The nomination of
Mustapha Ben Jaafar, popular politician among Tunisians, could be a very good
thing for the Islamic party since they wish to offer the country a “largeunited government”.
However, Jaafar’s party members have voiced their concerns over such a
nomination since Ettakatol leaders had said many times that they would not have
such an alliance.
One major aspect that
could really make a difference at the Assembly is the formation of a majority
government – one that would have the power to name the interim government and
to write the country’s first constitution. The next decisions that are made
could have a very long-term impact on Tunisia – surely this is a sign that the
election was a historic event…