The visit that Ghannouchi, Chebbi and Chaouchi were waiting for… will make people cry in the huts




Tunisia welcomes its most beautiful people on Monday, April 11th. Indeed, a delegation of European Parliamentarians is currently on its way to Tunisia. These MEPs, who belong to the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, will remain with us until 14 April 2022. And it won’t be too long three days to get a clear idea of ​​the structural and economic problems of emerging democracy, but above all to read into the game of Head of State Kais Saied . MEPs will also be speaking with civil society and political parties, just to collect all the bells and whistles. Needless to say, the opposition had already equipped its weapons to obfuscate as much as possible the actions of the inhabitant of the Carthage Palace…

There is no doubt that this trip constitutes additional pressure on the shoulders of the President of the Republic. He and Naglaa Boden’s government will have to explain themselves in their roadmap, the noise surrounding bullying against opponents, ex-MPs, journalists, etc. European Parliamentarians do not go to Tunisia with a blank slate, they certainly heard about the unrest in Tunisia about the dissolution of Parliament and the passage of some instigators before the military courts. These are uncommon practices in Europe and therefore necessarily offend them, but they also know that they are dealing with a democracy in the making, barely 10 years old and still on paper…

The whole point of this trip is: to try to understand and accept the flaws of a young democracy, which has no common measure with European regimes, and some of which are based on decades of democratic experience. It is clear that the former president of the now-dissolved Parliament, Rached Ghannouchi and all his colleagues, if the MEPs actually give them the opportunity, will do everything they can to ensure that the parliamentarians are as lenient as possible with Kais Saied…

For the opposition, the French statement after the official dissolution of Parliament seemed a real disappointment, given that the strong condemnation that was waiting for it did not come. The European Union (EU) press release signed by the head of diplomacy, Josep Borrell, uses roughly the same terminology as in France. So again there is no condemnation of the fatal blow to Parliament, it’s a second cold shower for Said’s opponents. And better – or worse – that it depends on: there is even a small certificate of satisfaction for “Progress in the development of the economic reform agenda. Well, we see from here that we find it difficult to follow the Europeans because the reform program remains a whole problem of the executive branch, but the main thing for Said is that the EU gives him a positive bias about his ability to reform the country …

There is still another requirement of the European Union, which MEPs visiting Tunisia will undoubtedly mention: “A global dialogue involving all political partiesand national organisations. At the moment we are not going down the road, on the contrary. So how will the European Parliamentarians succeed there, everything and everyone has failed so far? We are curious to know…

But what must be remembered is that the European partner has issued aid worth 300 million euros on the grounds that the path taken by the Tunisian head of state is very problematic. Part of the assurances that the EU Council and the European Commission expect will depend on the MEPs’ trip. At the moment, the “friend” of Tunisia is chaired by the Council of the European Union, the French head of state, Emmanuel Macron. Tunisia has an interest in seizing the opportunity to grab everything that could be because Macron’s term at the head of the European Union expires in June, if he manages to get rid of Marine Le Pen in the second round of the presidential election on April 24. ..




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