By Sana Ajmi | Oct 25 2011Al Aridha Chaabia ,Al Aridha Chabiaa ,Hashmi Hamdi ,Independent lists ,Sidi B
The People’s Petition for Freedom, Justice and Development party was created by the independent political writer and media figure, Mohamed Hechmi HamdiÂ on March 17, 2011.
Mohamed Hechmi Hamdi was born in the province ofÂ SidiÂ Bouzid in centralÂ Tunisia.Â He received hisÂ BA inÂ ArabicÂ LanguageÂ and LiteratureÂ from the Faculty ofÂ Arts, University ofÂ Tunis inÂ 1985. Subsequently, he completedÂ his postgraduate studiesÂ at the Faculty ofÂ Oriental and African Studies, University of London,Â and obtainedÂ a master’s degreeÂ in 1990 with a specialization inÂ Arab Literature, History and Contemporary Islamic Studies. Â In 1996, he earned his PhDÂ from the Department ofÂ Middle Eastern Studies at theÂ School ofÂ Oriental and African Studies, University ofÂ London, with a degreeÂ inÂ Contemporary Islamic Studies. While he was in London, he founded two channels — the Independent TV Channel and the Democratic Channel. They were founded in 1999 and 2005, respectively.
The People’s Petition party includes three broad popular ideas and key demands: the formation of a democratic constitution, the adoption of a system of free health care, and the dispensation of grants to the Â unemployed.Â
Hamdi declared in a number of interviews that the party seeks to win a majority in the elections, and in the case that the list receives the majority of Tunisians’ votes, it is prepared to lead the country and to form a competent national government ready to implement the party’s program.
The People’s Petition for Freedom, Justice and Development party claims to be a major contributor to the service of Tunisia, as well as to have broad popular support.