Tunisia: The fall of the last “Brotherhood” fortress

It seems that the doors have been closed to the Muslim Brotherhood, even as its alternative capital, Istanbul, is no longer a city that welcomes its fugitives. After Egypt and Sudan, Tunisia announces the death of the Brotherhood’s authority. Tunisia was the first gateway and the movement’s most important gain in the last decade, and today it is the last of its crumbling fortresses.

It is not surprising that the “Brotherhood” has fallen in Tunisia now, but rather years later than its expected date. Their downfall was due to their being partners in government, and they were associated with chaos, assassinations, and deliberate obstruction operations to thwart government action after it became outside their control.

Although the Tunisian President, Qais bin Said, was clear in his warnings that what was happening would force him to intervene, they believed that he would not dare, and they would seize power by destroying his leaders. And the extraordinary measures he took came as a rescue before the collapse. Parliament has become impotent, so its functions have been suspended.

He also dismissed the prime minister after the failure of his government. He also decided to initiate judicial follow-up in corruption cases, which he demanded to be investigated several times, and his previous claims were ignored. He gave several speeches telling them that he would not be silent about the widespread corruption, and demanded an investigation. The answer was, it is not within the prerogatives of the President of the Republic. And about the health system’s inability to face the spread of the “Corona” pandemic, too, he was told that it is not one of his specialties.

They wanted the nominal president, but he became the voice of the Tunisian citizen. Today he is the real president, and he has an opportunity to reform what the government and parliament have failed in.

Perplexing understand the motives of the chaos that were artificial. Why did the leaders and deputies of the Ennahda party not retreat in the past months to ease the tension? They most likely believed that the crisis would push people to the street, repeating the December 2010 scenario, and through chaos climbing the ladder of power again.

The Ennahda party’s problems are that it wants to rule without respecting its rules that came through it, and it is now protesting the emergency measures that they violate the constitution and that the president’s decisions are a coup.

Qais bin Said is the elected president of the republic, and he won 2019 by a big margin. How can an elected president turn against himself? In fact, what he is doing is saving the Tunisian regime, and Tunisia, the country, from the chaos that has begun.

It was the health, living and constitutional crises that prompted the change, and a large part of it was the result of delays and deliberate obstruction. And every time the president wants to intervene on the grounds that the country is on the brink of catastrophe, they reply that he must keep his palace.

As the crises continued, the president had to either resign and be pursued in the future by opponents for negligence, or to intervene and announce the necessary change.

The other dimension in the battle of Tunisia is the battle of the Middle East against this group that was uprooted from Sudan in 2019, and Egypt in 2013. The “Brothers” in Tunisia took a long opportunity to rule, and they were the model that confirms that they are a religious group with a fascist political project not replace him in this era.



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