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Is Tunisia following the path of Egypt?


July 15, 2013

After the radical change in Egypt, it is the turn of Tunisia; youths initiate a movement of Tunisian "rebellion" and collected signatures from about 300 thousand people hoping to collect the signatures from two million people in the near future.

The reasons that have mobilized youth in Egypt are the same in Tunisia; the country is subject to the governance of "Islamist Ennahda", a nickname of "Muslim brotherhood” movement " which was unable, until now, to find solutions to the economic and social crises facing Tunisia and which were the reason behind the revolution against the regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben ali.

In addition, opposition forces feel that” Ennahda” movement  is deliberately extending the life of the transitional phase, for fear of losing power, abandoning what she promised for after the fall of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

In this regard, the opposition forces were able for the first time, since the assassination of leftist leader Choukri Belaïd, to organize a meeting of the majority of political parties, professional associations and organizations. They agreed on the need to put an end to the transitional period as soon as possible, not exceeding the 10/23/2013.

When it comes to the movement of "rebellion" which considers itself as independent, he confirmed that he has collected signatures from 300,000 people on a statement and continues its efforts to access two million signatures in order to submit a complaint to the Administrative Court to resolve the National Constituent Assembly (the supreme authority in the country), thereby resolving all powers emanating from it, namely the government and the Presidency of the Republic.

In this context, the deputes of the Constituent National Assembly of the Party of unified Democrats patriots, Mongi Rahoui stated that "the reasons which have triggered the revolution, in" 30 June "in Egypt, are present in Tunisia", adding that there is a large part of Tunisian youth who feels that the revolution was stolen.

He enumerates the reasons by saying that the poverty rate has increased with the current government and even the middle class is regressed suffering from difficulties of life, adding that freedoms have diminished with the governance of  Ennahda movement. He compared the associations that support the revolution as militias of Muslim Brotherhood which, in his opinion, might lead to repetition of the same Egyptian scenario in Tunisia.

In his turn, Ziad El Heni, Executive Board Member of the National Union of Journalists said that the alliance of the "Popular Front" opposite is "fully prepared to participate in all initiatives and popular youth movements of peaceful nature, provided that it is against the support of the Tunisian revolution. "

Despite the extent of popular opposition to the present situation, there are three obstacles to the realization of a new revolution in Tunisia so far, namely:


1-Fearing chaos in security and foreign interference especially that Tunisia is on the borders of Libya, where conflict between militias and tribes exist and weapons are scattered and can easily cross the border.
2 - The month of Ramadan and its meanings of faith this requires all the time of Tunisians.
3 - The absence of the armed forces role , which have always been far from any political movement, unlike Egypt, where army was able to resolve a situation in revolution against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak and the revolution  nowadays against President Mohamed Morsi.



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