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The ruling Ennahdha party refused to sign a charter governing good political conduct that was approved by 27 other parties during a meeting held yesterday by the Arab Institute of Human Rights, Tunisia’s journalism school (IPSI), German Institute “Konrad Adenauer,” and the European Union.

Zoubeir Chehoudi, a member of Ennahdha’s Shura Council, told Tunisia Live that his party has some reservations about several articles in the charter but is willing to engage in further discussions.

“They want to depoliticize mosques and schools. What about unions?” he asked. “I don’t understand their refusal to depoliticize unions.”

Mouldi el Fehem, whose opposition Al Joumhouri party signed the charter, highlighted its importance in organizing political activities and interactions among parties in a democratic way.

“We refuse violence, and our country is seriously threatened by it,” he said.

El Fehem also explained that the charter organizes ways in which political parties deal with each other and respect fair competition under the rules of a democratic state.

He criticized Ennahdha’s hesitance to make mosques politically neutral, even though they have become “a nest for Salafis to promote extremist concepts such as Jihad.”

El Fehem expressed surprise over Ennahdha’s demand to depoliticize unions saying that the UGTT, the country’s main labor union, does not have any political affiliation and speaks for workers, not political opposition parties. The UGTT’s historical role has always been to support the state when it has been weakened and to look after the country’s national interests, he said.

“Tunisians are peaceful, and violence is new to our culture,” he said. “Ennahdha should be held responsible for this if more violent incidents occur.”

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  1. belgacem hamdi says:

    no one can depolitisize anything . why should we waste our time in seeking the impossible .those who call for depoliticize mosques are wrong and try to wrong people as well as those who call for depoliticizing the ugtt , the castle of left parties . please do not mock at people . it is impossibel to depoliticize any institution . simply because , politics is the background of everyone and every institutional relation . politics is the nature of human existance in all its aspects

  2. tounsi says:

    Violence is not new in Tunisia. political and economic violence were practiced during former presidents. Torture, dying under torture, assassinations were common. Many military personnel were also assassinated in organized plots.

    In my view, regulating public places like schools and worship places is called censorship. Political discussions and debates in churches and synaguoges in the west is permissible and common. So, why regulating public places. Of courses, public places should not be used to organize crimes, but to regulate what people should say and should not say is absolutely against democracy and freedom.

    • mark says:

      Why do you compare Tunisia to the West. where do you see the comparison. Mosques should no be political. Mosques are a place of prayer and not a place of opinion forming which is dangerous especially among the young people and the uninformed, who are finding their space at this point in Tunisia. Look at how many young people are going to Syria to fight because they believe the lies they are being told.

  3. Moncef says:

    Depoliticize mosques now!

  4. mark says:

    They dont want to pretend the are something that they are not. They dont want good governance….

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