who are the candidates – Young Africa

On December 17, 1058 candidates will take their positions at the starting line of the elections to the legislative body of Tunisia. Among them, 101 people are unemployed, 44.4 percent are between 46-60 years old and do not represent the youth, and only 122 people are women. A number indicating that parity has been broken in a half-cycle. All of them will fight for one of the 161 seats corresponding to the 151 national constituencies of the Assembly of People’s Representatives (ARP), plus 10 from abroad.

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The exclusion of political parties, the dismal performance of the ARP in the previous legislature, the majority of parties boycotting the vote and the single-member voting system mean that future parliamentary candidates are often unknown to the general public. or people of more local fame.

More than ten candidates have been pre-selected

The Paradox of Electoral Boundaries and According to the perception of the election, some candidates have already been elected without campaigning. These are about ten candidates who are unopposed in their constituencies, and they will be elected automatically, even before the lists of candidates are published, according to the electoral law.

This is especially true of Sami Ben Abdelaali, a former independent MP representing the Italian constituency, who later joined the Reform Bloc, as well as Hichem Hosni, a former MP of Goulet (Grand Tunis). Already, 6 out of 35 places in the capital have been filled.

Among the survivors of the former Parliament, whose candidacy was approved by the Independent High Electoral Authority (Isie): Badreddine Gammoudi, leader of the Echaâb movement, who favored the project of Kais Said and chaired the Parliament’s Commission on Administrative Reform, good governance and governance, the fight against corruption during the previous legislative period.

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We also note the presence of Imed Ouled Jebril in Souassi (East), who was brought to the hemisphere in 2014 by Nidaa Tounes before joining the Ghalb Tounes party and then the National Bloc. Amina Charfeddin, the former elected representative of Ghalb Tounes, who moved to the National Bloc, follows in his footsteps: she presents herself in Chebba (East) and joins the ranks of the president’s supporters from July 25, 2021.

Fatma Mseddi, who was unconditionally elected by Kays Said, elected in 2014 from Nidaa Tounes and revealed the existence of Ennahdha’s secret pharmacy along with other MPs, chose to present herself in Sfax Sud. He will face Mourad al-Madhi, an investor who has been lured by politics.

Growing numbers

Rising figures enter the new political landscape. The most iconic is undoubtedly the previous Brahim Bouderbala big president of the bar association, he supported President Said in his confrontation with the judiciary and participated in the commission responsible for drafting the unsaved Constitution. Before the start of the election campaign, he did not hide his ambition to become the head of ARP, not only.

On a more militant register, to quote Ahmed Chaftar, a staunch supporter of governance close to Kais Saeed, who intends to serve in the Zarzis (South) constituency once elected. A member of the presidential project’s explanatory campaign, he uses the same arguments as Kays Said when he announced his candidacy to explain his commitment: “I would prefer to remain a free citizen… The Assembly will not allow me to contribute…”

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Next to him will be the reserved Faouzi Daas, the campaign director of Kais Said, who was then a member of the explanation campaign, who will undoubtedly be one of the most representative of this new movement that wants to break free from the past and passivity. However, he runs the risk of crossing paths with Ben Ali, as well as with various personalities, especially show business advocate Mounir Ben Salha.

This possible meeting of two young candidates perfectly shows the past that does not want to fade and the present that is struggling to form. Actor and theater man Atef Ben Hassine, who discovered a political occupation after playing villainous roles in Ramadan serials, will surely make people laugh as soon as he enters the campaign with the slogan “For Victory”. from Nation. »

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