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    The Initiative Party: Don’t Exclude Former RCD Members

    By Houda Mzioudet | Oct 9 2011 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

    Tags: Status of Personal Code , WPolitics

    During its first press conference, held on October 8th, the Initiative Party (Al Moubadara) stated that it supported the presence of former RCD members in the new political landscape.

    Founded by Kamel Morjane, the party, which presents itself as centrist, kickstarted its electoral campaign on October 2nd in Hammamet. Admitting the party included among its members former RCD affiliates who, they insist, were never involved in any illegal activities, the meeting moderators, co-founders Rym Morali and Samira Chaouachi, raised different issues in regards to the party’s program.

    Among other things, The Initiative put forward its commitment to defend the Arab-Islamic identity, as well as standing for a presidential regime and the need for total separation of powers. The members then outlined the president’s limited powers , the government’s composition and judicial powers. They also stressed the importance of including a Personal Status Code  in the new Constitution in order to guarantee fundamental rights. Furthermore, they suggested the creation of elected regional development councils and of a new regional apportionment. The party, which is composed of fifteen think tanks comprising of diverse Tunisian competencies, also outlined its foreign relations program, with Samira Chaouachi underlining the importance of maintaining steady relations with EU countries as well as those of the Maghreb.

    The party asserted their intention to organize meetings in remote areas of Tunisia, in an attempt to gauge the people as to their priorities and needs.The next meeting, scheduled in Monastir next Sunday, will be chaired by Kamel Morjane.

    Source: Le Temps

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