‘I Will Not Seek Re-Election’ – Tunisia’s 92-Year-Old President, Beji Caid Essebsi

Published On: April 7, 2019, 7:11 pm (1 year ago)
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola

President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia has announced he does not plan to stand in elections expected this November, despite calls for him to run.
Essebs, 92,  told a meeting of his ruling Nidaa Tounes party someone younger should take charge. Essebsi won the country’s first free presidential poll in 2014. Former leader Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali was ousted in 2011 after 23 years in office during the Arab Spring uprisings across the region.

Tunisia has won praise as the only democracy to emerge from the revolutions. However, in recent years the country has suffered attacks by Islamists and economic problems, with unemployment a persistent issue. Essebsi’s party have called for him to run, as under the constitution he is entitled to stand for a second term. But the leader said he did not think he would put himself forward, saying it was time to “open the door to the youth”.

He also urged his party to end its feud with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, who split from the government and formed his own party. Presidential elections are scheduled for 17 November, although none of the main political parties have yet announced a candidate.

Essebsi’s announcement he does not intend to run comes days after neighbouring Algeria’s 82-year-old president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned following weeks of huge street protests. Algerian demonstrators have vowed not to stop until the entire government is ousted.

Posted: (1 year ago) on 7-04-2019 07:11 PM | Hero
i guess you read the writings on the wall in Algeria
Posted: (1 year ago) on 7-04-2019 07:23 PM | Hero
Posted: (1 year ago) on 7-04-2019 07:40 PM | Addicted Hero
You must seek re-election.  Witch
Posted: (1 year ago) on 7-04-2019 09:39 PM | Newbie


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