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Democracy Exists Everywhere Except In The Arab World – Tunisia’s Rached Ghannouchi

According to Rached Ghannouchi, democracy exists everywhere in the world with the exception of the countries of the Arab world and some African countries, and this, because of the pressure exerted from abroad. This pressure, he said, is due to the geostrategic importance of the region and the existence within it of Israel.

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This Friday, October 27, Rached Ghannouchi, the President and historic leader of Tunisia’s Ennahda movement, told the news website Arabi 24 that democracy was established around the world to share in the Arab world.

Wishing a bright future in the countries of the region and the continuation of the Arab Spring, Rached Ghannouchi hoped that the youth would soon wishes fulfilled and that there would be disorder and chaos in the Arab countries.

“The Arab world must not play the role of a black hole in the world. Democracy exists everywhere except in the Arab world. But you must know that young Arabs will soon win the victory, “said Rached Ghannouchi.

With regard to Saudi Arabia’s decision to improve relations with Israel, he said: “I call on all Arab peoples and leaders to opt for reconciliation and compromise among themselves, because they are all brothers and reconciliation between Muslims is a necessity. Instead of normalizing its relations with the Zionist regime that occupied the Islamic territories and profane the sacred values ​​of the Muslims, the Arabs must reconcile themselves. It is not fair for Arabs to fight each other as they share a wide range of religious and linguistic affinities. It is not right that they seek to normalize their relations with the enemies of the Muslim world. ”

And Ghannouchi adds: “Currently, democracy is back in Tunisia and people express their opinion with freedom. Freedom exists in dailies and the media. Parties are active. The elections take place in a free and healthy climate. The judiciary is independent. However, Tunisia is going through a period of transition. ”

Regarding the decline in the popularity of Ennahdha in the polls, this politician said that this movement was present in the government and that there was a lot of polls whose results are unreliable.

“In any case, Ennahdha holds 69 seats out of 216 in Parliament. From this point of view, it occupies the first place among the political groups and the Neda Party occupies the second place with 58 seats. Neda formed a coalition with Ennahdha, “he added, adding that the current government was a coalition government of six parties.

Regarding the residues of Ben Ali’s government, he stressed that Tunisia had done everything to prevent society from being divided into two periods – before and after the revolution – and for all Tunisians to be considered citizens. from this country. “Anyone who accepts the Constitution, he continues, will be part of the son of the revolution and enjoy all the rights available to a Tunisian citizen. On the other hand, if he commits an offense, he will be judged as an individual. The marginalization of part of society will engender hatred, animosity, insecurity and instability. ”

In reference to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, he said that they were part of the Egyptian people, that the Muslim Brotherhood too had been oppressed and called on the Egyptians to come to terms.

“In Egypt, no one can drive the army out of the political scene. Similarly, we can not forbid the Muslim Brotherhood political activities, because Egypt belongs to all Egyptians, “he said.


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