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Tunisia : use of media and interference by the authorities threatens the course of early presidential elections

مُتاح أيضًا بـ: العربية (Arabic)

Two weeks from now, Tunisia is attending snap presidential elections following the death of former President Beji Caid Essebsi. Despite the rapid interaction of constitutional institutions, the reorganization of power in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution and the assignment of the President of the House of Representatives to the presidency of the country on behalf of the legal period (90 days), this event disrupted the election calendar, the presidential elections were preceded on the legislative and made the race to Carthage an unprecedented political attraction.

In this context, the presidential election expected mid-next month is of the utmost importance to local political actors and international partners of Tunisia in view of the centrality of the post of President of the Republic in the national equation and the impact of his election on the legislative entitlement and the expected parliamentary majorities.
These snap elections will have a direct impact on this ongoing democratic process. It should be noted that the political climate in Tunisia today is inappropriate and highly charged, especially after the proposed amendments to the electoral law.

This revision has caused political and legal controversy in the country, as it could lead to the elimination of many serious candidates for the presidency five months before the scheduled elections.

The People’s Assembly has already voted on amendments that put forward new conditions for the candidate, among which are retroactive conditions for the candidate to benefit from political propaganda or charitable work, including ambiguous conditions related to the content of the political discourse itself. But after the people’s deputies failed to challenge the constitutionality of these amendments, former President Beji Caid Essebsi refused to sign the law in a first precedent.

Although the democratic transition in Tunisia has gone through many crises, it has not deviated into chaos or conflict, which is calculated for all political parties in Tunisia and beyond them to all civil actors and organizations that were instrumental in maintaining the climate of peace and dialogue that supported the democratic transition process.

The democratic transition and human rights support center (DAAM) is interested in expressing its deep concern in this turbulent climate two weeks before the elections and can only emphasize the active role played by civil society and still in Tunisia, especially in the field of combating corruption, while acknowledging the deep respect and support for the judicial facility. Civil society in the fight against all forms of corruption, however, it was hoped that the recent judicial decisions issued following complaints filed by the organization «I watch» against the presidential candidate Nabil Karoui on several occasions and that the recent decision to send to prison in a human rights environment And act Sound and a far cry from the suspicion of political exploitation and direct influence of the executive branch.

DAAM also hopes that the judicial decisions issued in this regard will not be compromised by politicization in order to ensure the principle of the independence of the judiciary and to distance it from all political disputes at this important stage in the history of Tunisia. “Daam” also hopes that the judiciary will prove that it is moving away from these suspicions by expediting its consideration of the remaining cases of corruption filed by various civil society organizations and the National Anti-Corruption Commission. In all cases that preoccupy the public opinion, especially the file of political assassinations.
DAAM also calls for the support of constitutional bodies overlapping in the electoral process to carry out their full constitutional functions in order to protect the democratic process, in accordance with the provisions of Article 125 of the Constitution.
DAAM also calls on candidates and campaign officials to stay away from tensions, mobilization, hatred and violence, and to respect universal principles of human rights and not to fall into populist and inflammatory rhetoric against the rights of certain categories of Tunisian citizens.

Finally, DAAM expresses the importance of preserving the many gains in the democratic transition process in Tunisia, the first of which is the organization of elections, which we hope will take place in a framework of fairness, transparency and impartiality. Tunisia will have a full impact on all paths to democratization in the Arab region.

مُتاح أيضًا بـ: العربية (Arabic)

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