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Beji Caid Essebsi

Opposition leader Beji Caid Essebsi’s announcement Sunday that he will run for president has sparked mixed reactions from politicians and regular Tunisians alike.

The statement from the head of the Nidaa Tounes party was broadcast on Nessma TV.

According to the third and final draft of Tunisia’s new constitution, potential candidates for president must be between 40 and 75 years of age. Essebsi is 86.

But during an interview with radio Express FM, Essebsi’s lawyer, Abdessatar Messaoud, said that his client stands by his decision, regardless of what the draft constitution states. He added that the eligibility conditions regarding age, as well as a law that bans those who served under the former regime from participating in politics, aimed to bar Essebsi from political life.

Messaoud said that members of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) should not approve the eligibility conditions for president and that if they don’t reach a consensus, the issue could go to a public referendum.

Essebsi’s decision is a personal one that was not discussed with other parties within the Alliance for Tunisia coalition, including Al Massar and Al Jomhouri, along with Nidaa Tounes. Tunisian news website Jadal reported that members of Al Massar and Al Jomhouri were surprised by Essebsi’s announcement.

Meanwhile, regular Tunisians took to Twitter to share their reactions:

 

“The candidature of BCE (Beji Caied Essebsi) is a scheme to prove that the #TnConst (Tunisian constitution) was destined to be against him, the day he decided to complain #Tunisia”

“#BCE if he succeeds, will be the oldest president in the world.”

“If the candidacy of #BCE aimed to create the craziest political speculations, it has succeeded #Tunisia”

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  1. Adel says:

    GOOD RIDDANCE,Gigu!

  2. Ginger Brown says:

    Let the voters decide.

  3. zingry says:

    wow….an unbiased article by samti!

  4. Publicola says:

    BCE, if he succeeds, will be the oldest president in the world

    Not really, if you take the past into account:

    Sandro Pertini (Italy – President) was 88-89, when he finished his 7 years of term of office;
    – evaluation (wikipedia): His death in Rome was viewed by many as a national tragedy, and he is arguably one of modern Italy’s most accomplished politicians.

    Konrad Adenauer (Germany – Chancellor = Prime Minister) was 86-87, when he finished his 14 years of term of office;
    – evaluation (wikipedia): In his years in power Germany achieved prosperity, democracy, stability and respect. Adenauer, dubbed “Der Alte” (“the old one”), belied his age as the oldest elected leader in world history by his intense work habits and his uncanny political instinct.

  5. Red says:

    Sarah: It should be “ordinary” Tunisians, not ” regular”…

  6. Gigu says:

    The new constitution is a joke!!! i am ashamed to be tunisian. how have we been able to elect such ridiculous assembly members.. just n overview of the most ridiculous things:

    - Human rights not granted
    - The right for water for everyone
    - The right of medical care for poor
    - The right for culture for everyone
    - No free choice of religion

    So all these facts mean: I can go live in the sahara and the government will have to provide me with free water and culture (I like the red hot chilli peppers by the way, but a mezwed group is also ok). if im sick and have no money will the doctor take a 2 day travel through the desert to take care of me? Although there are no human rights and choice of religion granted. so maybe if i turn jew one day in my sahara tent the police will come rape me. What a ridiculous country we have turned into! just go ahead because i have left the country so all the ones who have voted for those dumb assembly members can have whatever they deserve! goodbye!

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