Tunisia president's party re-elects head

2012-08-27 14:21
Members of Reporters Without Borders demonstrate in front of the Tunisian National Tourist Office to demand the release of imprisoned Tunisian then-lawyer Mohammed Abbou in March 2006 in Paris. (AFP, File)

Members of Reporters Without Borders demonstrate in front of the Tunisian National Tourist Office to demand the release of imprisoned Tunisian then-lawyer Mohammed Abbou in March 2006 in Paris. (AFP, File)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Tunis - The Congress for the Republic, the party of the Tunisian president, has re-elected as secretary general an ex-minister who quit the government in June, amid simmering tensions with the ruling Islamist party.

The CPR announced early on Monday, at the end of its annual conference, that Mohammed Abbou, who resigned as administrative reform minister in June over obstacles in the fight against corruption, would remain head of the party.

The political programme that the CPR was due to adopt at the three-day conference, elaborating its strategy ahead of planned elections next year and clarifying its direction, will be published later on Monday or on Tuesday, a spokesperson said.

The secular, centre-left party to which President Moncef Marzouki belongs, partners the moderate Islamist party Ennahda in Tunisia's ruling three-party coalition, alongside Ettakatol, another centre-left grouping.

Ennahda dominates the alliance, after winning the largest share of votes in legislative elections last October.

Tensions between the CPR and Ennahda resurfaced on Friday when Marzouki, at the start of the conference, strongly criticised the Islamists, prompting several top government officials with Ennahda to walk out, including Interior Minister Ali Larayedh.

Control of the media

"What complicates the situation is the growing feeling that our Ennahda brothers are working to control the administrative and political operations of the state," the president said in a letter read out by one of his advisers.

"This behaviour reminds us of the bygone era of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali," Marzouki added, condemning "the appointment of supporters [of the Ennahda party to key posts] whether or not they are qualified".

The CPR's reappointment of Abbou, aged 46, as secretary general would appear to strengthen this position, given the former minister's criticism of the prime minister, Ennahda's Hamadi Jabali, for not doing enough in the fight against corruption.

The ruling Islamists have also come under fire from activists in recent weeks for interfering in the control of the media, for seeking to curtail women's rights and for failing to rein in Tunisia's resurgent Salafist movement.

And Marzouki, himself a veteran human rights activist and dissident under Ben Ali, has been criticised for not resisting the Islamist party's increasingly authoritarian tendencies.

Read more on:    moncef marzouki  |  tunisia  |  north africa

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!


For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


Your sense of duty is emphasized and you may put your heart and soul into helping, serving and being there for the community in a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.