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Signs of Democratic Growth Continues in Tunisia

The selection of the National Assembly’s president and two vice-presidents on December 4, was welcomed by Tunisian political parties and civil society organizations (CSOs) forecasting a consensual political future. Similar to the first round of the presidential election, the Ennahda political party’s  official statement was that they had not taken a position on whom to support as president in the run-off election and after the meeting of the party’s Council of the Choura on December 6-7, no official position was taken.

Hachmi Hamdi, a previous candidate from the Current of Love party, has not yet declared his support for a presidential candidate in the run-off but he tells  his partisans to choose the candidate “who is close to the protection of liberty and moderate Islam.” The Popular Front has already decided not to lend its support to Marzouki. The Ettakatol party has decided not to support Beji Caid Essebsi. In the governorates of the South, local political party officials are waiting to hear from their respective national party officials in Tunis before making any direct assertions for whom to vote.

Considering the closeness of the results of the first round of the presidential election (a six point difference between the two candidates), the onus is on the two candidates to mobilize their supporters, the undecided and the jaded.

Nidaa Tounes has inaugurated several local offices in the southern governantes to help attract more supporters and to show that they have a physical presence in the region and that the party takes the region seriously. Locally, Nidaa Tounes has already initiated contacts with other political parties that could potentially lend their support, yet it is not clear whether or not theses parties will extend the olive branch and endorse Essebsi.

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Fernanda Dâmaso

Long Term Observer, Djerba Island, Tunisia