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Tunisia: Independent Electoral Alliance Aspires Political Change

Tunisia: Independent Electoral Alliance Aspires Political Change

Thursday, 18 April, 2019 - 09:45
An electoral monitor opens a ballot box at a polling station in central Tunis on May 6, 2018 (File Photo: AFP)
Tunis - Mongi Saidani
Tunisia’s National Union of Independents, an independent electoral alliance, announced in a press conference in Tunis a new political initiative and highlighted on its electoral program and objectives.

This political initiative came after a series of previously announced independent proposals including Fekra, Qaderoon, Star of Tunisia, and Long Live the People.

The Independents declared that their main objective is to support the independent and opposition electoral lists through their participation in the parliamentary and presidential polls, which will be held at the end of the current year.

The Union brings together the independent political forces, associations, initiatives and national figures that share the same goals and principles. It also urges Tunisians to register for the elections.

The former head of the Republican Party and one of the most prominent opposition figures of the former regime, Ahmed Nejib Chebbi said the current political scene revealed a range of political realities, especially after the municipal elections on 6 May 2018.

Chebbi noted that, given the current situation, it is necessary to combine partisan and non-partisan forces to bring about a strong political change. He explained that this initiative is open to the rest of political initiatives to form a strong political front, which has the ability to impose a political alternative to the current ruling coalition, which failed to end the country’s successive crises.

Member of Mowatenoon Initiative Seifeddine el-Jabri said that a large number of young people in the country no longer trusts the political parties because of the deep differences between their leaders and the marginalization of initiatives.

He indicated that most political parties consider young people as “fuel for electoral battles”, stressing that this initiative seeks to overcome this dark political reality.

The independent parties in Tunisia depend on the positive outcome of last year’s municipal elections and seek to bring about profound political change by overthrowing all political parties.

Meanwhile, member of the opposing Popular Front MP Shafiq Ayadi confirmed that the counterterrorism security services summoned Ahmad el-Siddiq, a deputy of the same coalition, for a deposition on what became known as “secret services” of the Renaissance Movement.

Earlier, 43 members of the parliament filed a legal complaint and asked for an investigation into the allegations which prompted the investigation. Siddiq is supposed to testify before the security services on Saturday.

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