Tunisia: Referenda, Secularism Efforts Continue

A large LI and pro-Lib secularist group continue work in stabilizing Tunisia which has led to calls for national dialogue and referenda.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/08/20138614242666671.html

Tunisia’s ruling Ennahda party leader Rachid Ghannouchi has raised the prospect of a referendum as a
way out of the country’s political crisis, but has also warned against the opposition’s efforts to topple the government.

Ghannouchi raised the prospect of a referendum on the functioning of some state institutions in an interview with the Reuters news agency on Monday. 

We are open to bringing opposition forces into coalition government. All options are on the table.Rachid Ghannouchi,
Leader of ruling Ennahda party

“If they [opposition] are insistent on terminating the transitional process, we say to them, come, let’s have a popular referendum,” the 72-year-old leader said in the interview. “They raised their demands so high and now they’re stuck in a tree.”

Tunisia is facing its worst political crisis since protesters toppled former ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, an uprising that later sparked a wave of “Arab Spring” revolts across the region. 

“It’s a fact that in Tunisia there are two ‘streets’,” Ghannouchi said, referring to demonstrations against the ruling cabinet following Ennahda claims that 200,000 people rallied on Saturday in support of the party.

That demonstration, however, followed spate of protests since the assassination in February of opposition politician Chokri Belaid in a crisis further stoked by the killing of opposition member of parliament Mohamed Brahmi, who was shot dead outside his home late last month.
 
Advertisements

Share What You're Doing On This!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: