[ View the story "Tunisia's revolution continues" on Storify] Tunisia's revolution continues What's next for the country that sparked the Arab uprisings?
The Stream· Mon, Sep 30 2013 11:25:06
The massive protests sparked by the killings of Tunisian opposition politicians
have led the ruling party, Ennahdha, to agree to
. This comes amid months of political turmoil between the Islamist party and the secular opposition.
Timeline: The assassination of Chokri BelaidThe background to key events surrounding the assassination that has shaken Tunisia.
As the Govt proposed weeks ago, they will be stepping down once constitution is complete & election date is set #tunisia #ugtt #ennahdhaKaouther Ferjani
demands to dissolve the government, there is a clear division online between those who support the upcoming resignation and those who are sceptical:
@raisazaidi @AJStream #Ennahda handing over power peacefully to a non-partisan cabinet is a wise political descision now, 1/2Meriem Dhaouadi
@AJStream glad they are having the talks yet skeptical of the intentions of stopping democracy bc of "creeping Islamization"Mohamed Hemish
Prior to resigning, Ennahdha accepted a proposed
suggesting steps to resolve the political deadlock facing Tunisia.
Below is a statement published on Ennahdha's
#Ennahdha Party Statement on Quartet Initiative #Tunisia #Tunisie #tnac #tngov Tunis, 20 September 2013 After studying the initiative presented by the four civil society organisations, Ennahdha Party announces its acceptance of the initiative and calls for accelerating the start of a serious national dialogue that would enable a resolution of the political crisis and moving towards achieving the aspirations of the Tunisian people for freedom and dignity and realising the objectives of the revolution. As such, Ennahdha Party expresses its unconditional readiness for an immediate start of national dialogue meetings so as to reach broad consensus on all critical issues, most importantly: - The adoption of the new constitution as the objective and foundation of the constituent phase, as soon as possible and within 3 weeks of the beginning of dialogue. - The definitive determination of the date for the elections which should be within 6 months of the formation of the Electoral Commission. - In light of the above, the agreement on the head, composition and programme of the new government. Ennahdha Party President Rached Ghannouchi
The country's largest trade union,
Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT)
, played a heavy role in mediating discussions between Ennahdha and the opposition. Many online pointed out the union's large political influence in the country:
@AJStream#UGTT union in #Tunisia has such a strong influence due to #US & #EU backing due to their secular following.#TunisieFree Bangladesh
Summary: UGTT proposes a solution, nahdha accepts, UGTT rejects their acceptance & calls for protests to topple the Govt #TunisiaKaouther Ferjani
Union Deems #Ennahdha Acceptance of Roadmap Insufficient - #Tunisia Live
#Ennahdha "Umm yes-ish"#UGTT "we don't accept your acceptance" Ennahdha: "WTF we did say yes"
Many online saw similarities between Tunisia's political events and the unrest in Egypt:
@AJStream Ennahda's decision to step down was a disappointment but the party feared a similar crackdown on the Islamists as Egypt.Fatima Ansari
@AJStream Ask the #Egyptians. They'll be speaking with much expertise...Sheikh Rehmatullah
@AJStream same as lies aimed at the MB in EgyptAsif B
@AJStream Needs serious investigation and due hearing. However, should not be given into a #Egypt like situation. #Ennahda #RabaaMushtaq Khan ツ
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