By Tristan Dreisbach | Apr 18 2013Influential People , Moncef Marzouki , National Constituent Assembly
The widely publicized list includes political leaders, entertainers, businessmen, and other individuals from around the world.
“His power stems not from what he is – his office is ceremonial,” NBC journalist Ayman Mohyeldin wrote in the short profile of Marzouki included with his listing, “but from who and where he is: a leftist liberal President appointed by an Islamist-dominated assembly in the nation where the Arab Spring first flowered.”
The profile says that Marzouki is tasked with assuring that secular and religious elements of Tunisian society can coexist.
“The best reassurance may be Marzouki himself,” the profile states, “if he thrives, it will demonstrate that the Arab Spring states can build a pluralistic political environment.”
Marzouki is included on this list along with US President Barack Obama, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Pope Francis.
Marzouki is a controversial figure in Tunisia who will soon be compelled to testify in front of the National Constituent Assembly, where he will likely face a vote on a motion of impeachment. The vote is not expected to succeed.