Tunisian fight for democracy continues

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Today, about Tunisia:

Opposition parties call for unity

Sunday 16 January 2011

by Our Foreign Desk

Opposition parties worked to form a new leadership today following a popular uprising that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on Friday.

Opposition official Mustapha Ben Jafar said that a new unity government may be announced as soon as today and that any interim administration would probably hold presidential elections under international supervision within the next two months.

“The most important thing for me is to build during this period the basis for a democratic Tunisia where all the citizens participate and where we can build a civic society – this I what I spent 40 years of my life working for,” Mr Jafar said.

“We will be loyal to this noble people and youth that put fear aside and went down to the streets asking for reforms we have been asking the government for during the past 20 years since Ben Ali assumed power.”

Tunisian parliament speaker Fouad Mebazaa was sworn in as the country’s interim president on Saturday.

In a televised address Mr Mebazaa said all political parties, including the opposition, would be included in the country’s new political atmosphere.

“All Tunisians without exception and exclusion must be associated in the political process,” he said after taking the oath.

He has called on Tunisian Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi to form a unity government.

The progressive Patriotic and Democratic Labour Party, which plans to remain in opposition, released a statement on Saturday calling on the interim administration to settle accounts with the old US-backed order.

It urged ministers to establish commissions to “locate the persons who were responsible for the use of live rounds against civilians during the uprising, expropriate the beneficiaries of corruption and illicit enrichment, reform the electoral code and the press code and secure the legalisation of civil organisations.”

Meanwhile Saudi King Abdullah’s palace said that Mr Ben Ali and his family had been welcomed in the kingdom with a wish for “peace and security to return to the people of Tunisia.”

The Arab League urged calm, saying it was “the beginning of one era and the end of another.”

In Cairo a group of activists gathered outside the Tunisian embassy for a second day today, chanting “soon we will follow Tunis.”

Protester Ashraf Balba said: “The spark will come at a time God will decide and at that time the world will be surprised with the events in Egypt – we are more than ready.”

Tunisian police arrested the head of the presidential guard today and dozens of other Ben Ali loyalists who are believed to have instigated looting and random violence after the president scarpered to Saudi Arabia: here.

Confusion, fear and horror in Tunisia as old regime’s militia carries on the fight: here.

Emad Mekay, Inter Press Service: “Egypt is feeling the ripple effect from Tunisia already. Egypt’s 85 million people constitute a third of the Arab population. Until Tunisians ousted their autocratic ruler Friday evening after his 23 years in power, Egypt, a regional trendsetter, was seen as the first candidate for regime change by popular uprising in the Arab world”: here.

Tunisia’s protests spark suicide in Algeria and fears through Arab world: here.

Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman and other cities on Friday to protest against soaring commodity prices, unemployment and poverty, calling for the sacking of the government, as the revolutionary movement in North Africa spread to the Middle East: here.

2 thoughts on “Tunisian fight for democracy continues

  1. http://palestineconference.org/wp/2011/01/15/a-salute-to-the-people-of-tunisia/

    A Salute to the People of Tunisia
    By US Palestinian Community Network
    January 15, 2011

    “We call on our communities, and all Arab communities in the diaspora and in exile, to take inspiration from the people of Tunis. Let this motivate us to continue the hard and liberating work of building collectively for change, united in a spirit worthy of our just and noble cause.”

    The US Palestinian Community Network is honored to stand in full, unequivocal, support of the people of Tunisia as they remain steadfast in their struggle against a corrupt, brutal, and oppressive regime.

    In doing so, we pay homage and reciprocate the unequivocal and crucial support of the Tunisian people in the Palestinian struggle for freedom, dignity and equality.

    We stand in full solidarity with the Tunisian people, their unions, political and civic associations, as they confront a regime that failed to fulfill its duties to its citizens, nor protect their most basic rights. We are heartened by the Tunisian people’s individual and collective acts of extraordinary bravery, the unity of their demonstrations, and the clarity of their message.

    Just as there is a need to end Israel’s settler colonialism and its ethnic cleansing of indigenous Palestinians, we must also confront a treacherous leadership that has undermined the Palestinian people’s political will. Indeed, all Arab regimes who terrorize and attempt to crush the will of their citizenry, must be vanquished, and held accountable for their crimes against our long-suffering people.

    The courageous Tunisian people have shown us the way. They have proven once again that, even in the darkest of circumstances, hope remains. The popular demonstrations, of young people, street vendors, doctors, trade unionists, students, lawyers, men, and women, manifested just that spirit, and in doing so, exemplified the energizing power of mass mobilization and collective action.

    The USPCN pays boundless tribute to Muhammad Bouazizi and the tens of martyrs of this revolt for freedom, liberty, and people’s sovereignty. As the revolt reaches a new phase, we hope that their sacrifices will not be in vain. We hope that the Tunisian people are able to harness this historic moment, and protect and advance their struggle for a just and free society.

    From Rabat to Baghdad, we hope the Tunisian example spurs all our people; to free themselves from the shackles of fear, and to struggle together, in unity and with unstoppable revolutionary spirit.

    We call on our communities, and all Arab communities in the diaspora and in exile, to take inspiration from the people of Tunis. Let this motivate us to continue the hard and liberating work of building collectively for change, united in a spirit worthy of our just and noble cause.


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