Abd Aljalil Albedoui, theÂ General coordinator of the Tunisian Labour Party, gives feedback onÂ Tunisiaâ€™sÂ current state.
The Situation in theÂ countryÂ is characterized byÂ the existence ofÂ many problemsÂ that give riseÂ toÂ fearÂ andÂ predictÂ continuedÂ instability.
The governmentÂ has not yet shown indicators of the existence of a consistent will to prosecute those who were involved in tyranny and corruption. Compared to the Egyptian governmentâ€™s reaction towards the symbols of the Mubarak regime, the Tunisian government seems to be reluctant. As a result, theÂ situation has caused aÂ lack of confidenceÂ between citizens and existing institutions.
Furthermore, violent episodes witnessed lately in Metlaoui are signs of those who a dreaming to seethe return of a tyranny. TheseÂ groupsÂ standÂ inÂ manyÂ casesÂ behind theÂ movementsÂ aimed at Â demanding the impossible,Â moreÂ thanÂ aiming toÂ achieveÂ the demands ofÂ legitimacy.
InÂ allÂ cases,Â do notÂ forgetÂ that we areÂ inÂ a delicate stage characterized byÂ a transitionÂ fromÂ a state ofÂ suppression of freedoms, Â absence ofÂ dialogue , and weakness of political culture,which would complicate theÂ process of democratic transitionÂ andÂ make itÂ risky.
But inÂ suchÂ circumstances, the elite should fully assume its political, social and cultural to build a better Tunisia for tomorrow.
Written by Miriam Ben Ghazi
A press conference was held in Africa Hotel on June 8th by the Emrhod Consulting Institute to shed light on the results of the latest survey conducted by the institute about the election of the constituent assembly. 1000 persons were questioned about â€œPolitical Parties and the Democratic Transitionâ€. The survey showed that 51% of Tunisians have no idea about which party they would vote for, while the rest were divided as follows: Al-Nahdha came first with 45.8%, PDP (Progressive Democratic Party) came second with 20.3%, POCT, in the third place with 12.5%, Al-Tajdid Movement was fourth with 11.1%, and CPR (Congress For the Republic) came in fifth place with 7.3%. Some new parties have started to assert their presence. For instance, the Party for Justice and Equality got 4.5%, followed by , the Socialist Left Party with 3.2%, MPUP with 3.1%, the Direct Democracy Party with 2.9%, and Al-Majd got 2.2%
Emrhod Consulting Institute described the results of the survey as natural considering the lack of communication between people and the majority of parties
As for the delay of the election day, 66% were for maintaining the date of July 24th and 28% were not, the remaining 6% were neutral.
Giving all the circumstances one can expect that the majority of people will not vote for any party but the survey showed that 85% are willing to vote.
The huge concern that remains irritating for Tunisians, is whether or not any political personality would be able to lead the country in such a crucial situation.
Written by Ibrahim Ben Slama
According to TAP, the check point of Ras Jdir witnessed, on Wednesday June 8th, a high number of foreign arrivals, especially Libyans. This is the result of continuous military operations in various parts of the western areas in the capital Tripoli. The number of refugees is estimated to exceed 6 thousand. It is also worth mentioning that about 200 families crossed the border. They used the Saharan paths to enter Tunisia through the desert, escaping the worsening security situation in Libya. Moreover, the port of “Al Ktif” (in the region of Ben Guerdene) received a boat from Libya carrying at least 18 people. They are civilians and military personnel, including high-ranking officers in the army, lately seceded from the Qaddafi regime.
This flow of people has put a lot of pressure on the region. “La Presse” reports shortages in fuel in Ben Guerdene. The newspaper quoted a worker at a gas station who said “The number of customers in our gas station did not exceed ten per day, currently it reaches thousands”.
Jeune Afrique discusses the impact of the wealthy Libyans who took refuge in Tunisia. According to the magazine there are thousands of them living in hotels and renting houses in the island of Djerba, one of the most attractive regions for tourists. In a way this is a blast for the residents since 80% of them rely on tourism to earn their living. This has benefited the tourism sector, especially that the number of tourists has dramatically decreased.
Assahafa [Daily Gouvernemental] asks: Is the government able toÂ meet 700.000 job request?
Yesterday morning was held at the Ministry of Vocational Training and Employment, a meeting to shed the light on the emergency to launch a program to face the upcoming challenges of unemployment.
Mr. Sami Ghorbal [Ministry of Vocational Training and Employment representative], a program implemented since the month of April targeted to revise the employment policy. Accordingly, the number of unemployed exceeds 520.000 translated into an unemployment national average of 14%.
He stressedÂ thatÂ thisÂ situationÂ has deteriorated recently mainlyÂ because of the returnÂ of manyÂ workers fromÂ LibyaÂ obliged to flee because of the unrest. Indeed, the number ofÂ returning workersÂ recorded 32.000 byÂ the lateÂ AprilÂ 2011. In addition, manyÂ companiesÂ were destabilizedÂ during the Revolution, either by acts of looting and burning, orÂ byÂ sit-insÂ andÂ strikes, which nevertheless caused a loss of 10.000 workers.
Violence all over the region of Metlaoui created huge concern among all Tunisian. A riot started today came as a reaction against these violent acts and a support for the baccalaureate students of the region as well.
Abd Elhamid Smida, a participant in the riot said: violence is not tolerable and tribalism never been an issue for the region it is just a cover up plan.Â According to workers in the company of phosphate Gafsa the mining sector is losing 9 million dollars or maybe more every day for three months and that the right is a way to push the government into intervention.
About the convoy supporting theÂ baccalaureate students, a participant said: it is an attempt to bring the people living in this region together and establish censuses. The convoy came as a support for the baccalaureate students as they start their first exam today as special baccalaureate session start, the first after the revolution so all efforts are put togetherÂ for this session to succeed.
According to Mr. Riyadh Sidaoui [a Tunisian expert and the founder of The Arabic Â Center Of Research And Distribution], the poor working class, the graduated youth and the middle class, in addition to Â business men have mostly contributed to the revolution since the Tunisian economy has moved from capitalism toÂ illegitimateÂ monopoly and unfair competition .The Tunisian revolution was not based on any ideology ,it is not a communistÂ BolshevistÂ Â revolution, neither an Iranian Islamist or an Arabic Sectarian one. All Tunisian social categoriesÂ have agreed on the removal of Ben Ali .
As far as the Tunisian military is concerned, it is worth mentioning that this later has contributed a lot to the success of the revolution, on the contrary to theÂ Libyan one, the Tunisian military has supported the people and has never contributed in any financial or political corrupt acts during Ben Ali regime.
Many obstacles are faced by the Arabic countries today as far as democracy is concerned ,indeed , cultural beliefs Â are still based on the authoritarian paternal male society, as well as Â ,political culture should be more taught andÂ developed in Arab statesÂ .one should recognize that the achievement of democracy in the Arab world is usually followed by extreme violence .
Mr Riyadh Sidaoui added that the presence of The Islamist party [Ennahdha] on the political scene is praised by the US government as a liberal movement that does not call for communist causes, this Islamist Party is moreover directly and indirectly financed by the Gulf states and it is known by its well-organised capacities as based on a military procedure consisting ofÂ obedience and loyalty to the leader or Imam.
Finally, in the context of Tunisian economy, it is widely known that it is namely based on tourism and services; however, the touristic sector nowadays is facing harsh times especially with the withdrawal of foreignÂ investments in the current situation of chaos and instability.
“Assahafa” (p.4) (throughout TAP) covered the decrease of the curfew in Metlaoui. The curfew is now from 6pm to 5am. A high representative of the army in the region said that the security has improved in the region. The curfew applies to the residents of Metloui, except nightly workers and emergency cases. The newspaper reminds that this measure has been taken after the violent confrontations that cause about 12 victims and 150 injured people.
Political partiesÂ adhereÂ mostlyÂ toÂ the October 23
The National Commission on Corruption: An additional list of 45 people to investigate.
Written by Ibrahim Ben Slama
On June,7 ousted president Zeine-El-ABeidine Ben Ali broke the silence through the statemnts of his French lawyer, Jean-Yves Leborgne. Leborgne said on behalf of Ben Ali that the corruption charges represent a â€œmasqueradeâ€, and that the former president does not own assets outside the country. One day later, the Ministry of Justice replied to these statements.
During the 6th periodical conference held on Tuesday, June 7, by representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the ministry expressed its surprise at the statements of Mr. Jean-Yves Leborgne. Kadhem Zine El Abidine, the spokesperson of the Ministry, added that lawyers are free to choose the methods to defend their clients and that “we are particularly surprised by these statements, especially that we have no evidence that this lawyer, or anyone else, has asked to read the file of the two lawsuits filed against the deposed president”.
It is worth reminding that Mr. Kadhem Zine El Abidine mentioned that the judge relied on a set of clues to address the charges against the ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. These clues include the seizure of firearms and, drugs at the palace of Carthage, as well as jewelry and, foreign currency at the palace of Sidi Dhrif.
He also recalled that according to Tunisian law, a foreign lawyer can not defend someone who has Tunisian nationality. In addition, the bilateral agreement signed between Tunisia and France, in 1979, provides that a French lawyer can defend a Tunisian person only if he obtains the prior permission from the Tunisian Ministry of Justice and must be accompanied by a Tunisian lawyer. He continued by stressing that a foreign lawyer may defend a Tunisian if the client is present at the trial, which is not the case here, since the deposed president fled the country to Saudi Arabia.