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Marzouki Time 100

Rendering of President Marzouki by artist David Despau. Image from Marzouki’s Time 100 listing.

President Moncef Marzouki has been named to Time magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people.

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.

Last year, Time included Ennahdha leader Rached Ghannouchi in the list.

 

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  1. Anouar BM says:

    @ bordganah

    Doctor Marzouki is one of the loopholes of the so called “the revolution of freedom”.

    If he accepted to be appointed and NOT elected freely by the people, then he had already failed as a doctor to cure the lack of freedom in our country.

    A good doctor is not enough to free Tunisia from an old cancer.

    • blond says:

      We have elected an assembly (TnCA) that ought to be the supreme legislator for a transitional period of time. The Assembly assigned executive powers to a government with its head belonging to the majority in that same assembly. Since every country needs to have a president, that task was allocated to Marzouki by the votes of the same assembly we elected. Again, the same assembly voted him with more than 2/3 of the members of the TnCA.

      That is the system we are using today, we voted for an assembly, that elects a president. A common procedure in a lot of other countries (Germany, Italy, Israel (only recently did Israel switch to popular vote for their president)…

      It is a transitional system and there was absolutely no way to do a presidential election in this context.

      Anyway, your logic is kinda flawed…how would he have failed if a TnCA voted him in ?

  2. bordganah says:

    Dr. MArzouki,
    -Wrote more than 20 books and hundred of articles,
    -Was president of the prestigious Tunisian league for Human Rights during the dictatorship,
    -Received a standing ovation at the French parliament after his speech.
    -Received with high honors by Angela Merkel
    - 2 years in a row ranked among the most 100 influential personalities in the world by time magazine.
    -Speaks fluently 3 languages..etc etc etc.

    Yet there is a fringe of his own people that:
    -Mocks him daily, yet no one was prosecuted,
    -Defames him for no reason, yet no one was prosecuted,
    -calls to kill him, yet no one was prosecuted,
    -wants to impeach him for no reason

    Yet the guy is out of the league of all of these petty little persons.

    • david says:

      Good points, except that no one should be prosecuted for mockery. Just as no one should be arrested for insulting Islam. No one should be arrested for blasphemy. That is free speech.
      Allah is big enough and powerful enough to sustain all insults. He does not need his followers to punish the miscreants.
      Journalists should not be arrested for reporting the news. Tunisia has a lot to learn about freedom of speech.

      • bordganah says:

        I understand that that is a standard in western society (with some differences between the Latin countries and the Anglo-Saxon ones).
        But unlike other rights, I don’t think the right to mock someone or someone’s religion is a universal one. I’d like to believe that we, as Tunisians, Arabs, Muslims (even Mediterranean) have some cultural standards and traditions that doesn’t allow that.
        We can create a democracy and a good one without allowing one’s honor and reputation to be slandered and defamed for nothing.
        I do believe that most Tunisians agree with me though.

        • Patrick Batchelder says:

          All of this reminds me of Christianity in the USA in 1950.

          • blond says:

            the US in the 50s has noting to do with Tn 2013…As far as I am concerned, the 50s in the US, that’s McCarthyism…

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