19 January 2013 5:26 pm | | 0


Share     Share       Share     Share  

A group of residents of El Kef in northwestern Tunisia marched through the city’s streets today, January 19, towards the governor’s office to demand their right for development and social justice, confirmed Mounira Amira, a National Constituent Assembly representative of El Kef affiliated with the ruling Ennahdha party.

Abdelkader Trabelsi, governor of El Kef, told Tunisia Live that over 150 protesters went out to the streets to demonstrate regional marginalization as well as the increase in poverty and unemployment. The very same reasons drove El Kef natives to organize a general strike in their governorate on January 16. Today’s march aimed at protesting the “indifference of the government.”

Trabelsi stated that protesters accused him of saying, “let it burn,” and denied saying such a statement. He claimed that he too recognizes the major economic difficulties in the region and has been attempting to apply the proper strategies to fix them. “I received a group of the protesters and discussed their demands with them… Their demands of investment and employment are legitimate… But we need to work hand in hand to solve our problems,” he added.

According to the governor, El Kef has over 22,000 unemployed, including 5,000 university graduates. The main problems the region suffers from are infrastructure, poverty, and the absence of private investment. Trabelsi said that they have been trying to undertake several projects, which unfortunately were either delayed or impeded by various difficulties, such as the absence of land leases.

“We started working on a project through which we aimed at building 50 homes for poor families. The project is now pending as some people claimed the land to be theirs,” he argued.

The governor continued to explain that short-term solutions for unemployment are limited and long-term solutions need time. El Kef should benefit from its position on the Algerian border, he argued, and take advantage of its environmental and cultural tourism.

Share     Share       Share     Share  

  From the same category

            

New Areas Around Chaambi Declared Military Zones

Pollution Ravages Old Port of Tunis

NCA Approves Judicial Body, Looks Ahead to Electoral Law

Motocross Racers in the Forests of Bizerte

            

Members ‘Freeze’ NCA Participation Over Reduced Sentences for Ben Ali Officials

Ben Ali Officials To Be Released in Revolution Killings Case

UGTT Union Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Six Security Officers Injured in Rouhia Clashes

            

Tunisia Marks Martyrs Day with Calm Demonstrations

Martyrs’ Day Remembers Protesters Killed Under French Rule

Four Police Officers Convicted with Killing Protesters During Revolution

Libya Border Crossing Reopens After Protests


Leave Feedback


  Follow us

Connect on YouTube Connect on Google+ Connect to itunes Subscribe via RSS Feed



  Latest Videos


Play Video

Motocross Racers in the Forests of Bizerte, Tunisia

Bizerte, the northernmost city in Africa, hosted the fourth round of the...

Play Video

Endangered Whale Brought Ashore in Tunis Suburb

Onlookers in the popular tourist spot of Sidi Bou Said, near Tunis,...

Play Video

'Kima Enti:' Mixing Tunisian Traditions With Modern Design

"Kima Enti" is a hand-made art and design project launched by independent...

Play Video

One-Year Anniversary of Chokri Belaid's Death

On February 6, 2014, family and supporters of slain Tunisian politician Chokri...

Play Video

Klay BBJ explains his arrest

Tunisia Live's Nissaf Slama interviews rapper Klay BBJ on his music, arrest,...



Tabbed Structure - Regular
UGTT Union Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize...
(1271 Views)
Tunisia Returns Stolen Ancient Artifact to Algeria...
(1110 Views)
Unemployed Tunisians Risk Their Lives to Build Future...
(1100 Views)
Switzerland to Return $40 Million in Ben Ali...
(1067 Views)
Motocross Racers in the Forests of Bizerte...
(794 Views)
NCA Approves Judicial Body, Looks Ahead to Electoral...
(773 Views)
Pollution Ravages Old Port of Tunis...
(769 Views)
Ben Ali Officials To Be Released in Revolution...
(760 Views)
Members ‘Freeze’ NCA Participation Over Reduced Sentences for...
(705 Views)
 
Tunisian Diplomat Kidnapped in Libya...
New Areas Around Chaambi Declared Military Zones...
Pollution Ravages Old Port of Tunis...
NCA Approves Judicial Body, Looks Ahead to Electoral Law...
Motocross Racers in the Forests of Bizerte...
Unemployed Tunisians Risk Their Lives to Build Future in Europe...
Members ‘Freeze’ NCA Participation Over Reduced Sentences for Ben Ali Officials...
Ben Ali Officials To Be Released in Revolution Killings Case...
UGTT Union Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize...