Election in Tunisia: new issues, new types of


This Sunday, Tunisians will elect a new President. The battle for the highest office difference from the previous. He was shown again with passion. However, the subjects were sober.

Farewell: In July, a lot of Tunisians mourned the late President Essebsi

One and a half months of the death of the former President Béji Caid Essebsi is. The Constitution also allows the interim President, a government time of not more than 90 days. The is not exhausted yet. Nevertheless, originally for the beginning of October, elections were brought forward. You will find on this Sunday (15. September) instead.

To the office 26 candidates compete. One of them followed but, Nabil Karoui, the election campaign from prison. Two weeks ago, the founder of the largest private TV channel in Tunisia, was arrested. In the first instance because of tax evasion and money laundering sentenced, he was taken in a spectacular action in the middle of the highway and is now being condemned behind bars for the inaction. The could him to carry but more votes.

Candidate is behind bars

The rich entrepreneurs represent the type of Anti-politician, as he is doing currently, in many Parts of the world Furore, says Henrik Meyer, head of the country office in Tunisia, the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, in the DW-Interview. “He is deliberately quite different than the rest of the politicians, the efforts of a reputable appearance. He is not trying in the first place, he presents himself as someone who has a considerable distance to the political Establishment.

Unconventional presidential candidate: the detained businessman Nabil Karoui

Karouis arrest to have been beaten in Tunisia, waves, says Meyer. Many Tunisians are of the view that the time of his arrest was no coincidence. “And in fact, you can’t avoid the impression that the timing of the arrest is politically motivated. Whether he benefits from it, can hardly tell. In any case, he seems to survive the Episode in the prison personally, good.”

A moderate Islamist

One candidate was from talk: Abdel Fattah Mourou, the candidate of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party. She is involved since 2014, the government and stands for a conservative-pragmatic course. In order to correspond to the changed situation.

This year’s campaign was no less ideological than that of the year 2014. Most of the voters are interested in pressing everyday issues, such as unemployment, poverty, and the perspectives of young people. Mourou promises, especially against unemployment in the South of the country, where it is particularly high.

Moderate Conservative: Abdefattah Mourou, candidate of the ruling Ennahda party

The election campaign in the Internet

The importance of the voters of the content, you will be well advised to observe how the election campaign in the Internet was conducted. The parties engaged in the social networks a little less than in the election campaign on the streets and squares of the country, in addition, there were TV debates. “The candidates focused on the digital communication with the electorate. You have understood, how much of the virtual space on the policy,” says the Tunisian writer and political analyst Jamaa al-Qassimi in the DW-interview.

Would measured the politicians are always stronger in mind what answers you give to the concerns of voters. Stronger than otherwise, the voters would pay attention now to the integrity of the candidate, the political Analyst Mansour Ayouni: “trust has become a Central factor of this choice Kamps.”

LGBT activist Mounir Baatour was not allowed to compete

No longer in the race Mounir Baatour was last updated. He is the Chairman of the “Shams”, a Tunisian organization for the rights of Homosexuals and Transgender. For the purpose of this group, he wanted to get involved at the highest level, even if he had no serious chances to win the elections, because homosexuality is frowned upon in Tunisia to a large extent: Only seven percent of the citizens consider them to be acceptable. His candidacy was rejected. The reasons for this are not clear, he lamented on Twitter.

Choice of output for Germany exciting

The choice and the outcome of which will also be followed in Germany with great interest. Tunisia is the largest recipient of German development funds. Germany was counting on the fact that the North African country, a slow but steady democratic change through the course and as a result, a model for the Arab world and the African continent will, says Henrik Meyer: “Whether it’s Tunisia, so many funds are also in the future, given, as before, depends crucially on whether the country follows the democratic path to continue dam. This is not, contrary to expectations, the case, then Germany, the EU and other actors are likely to adjust their commitment.”

He and many observers are optimistic, however, says Meyer: “Tunisia has long been the country of the political and social consensus. In 2015, representatives of the Tunisian civil society have received the Nobel peace prize for a political model of Consensus which is accepted in large Parts of the Tunisian society.” Although the election campaign had sprayed hot sparks. “In the end, but I assume that the Tunisians are aware of the responsibility for themselves as for their country to be very aware of.”

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