National dialogue for reconciliation is the urgent need

The last report of the anti-poverty organization “Oxfam” Tunisia, published on June 17, highlights the contribution of the Tunisian tax system to the deepening of inequalities among Tunisians. “It draws attention to the risk of these inequalities becoming even more pronounced with the coronavirus”. The economic crisis is huge but it is not the only factor that arouses fears among Tunisians.

Such report indeed is one of many reports and descriptions that give us a clear overview of the hard current status quo that our country is going through, without a national unity and political commitment, which leads to further deterioration of the situation nationwide.

 The significant risk is posed by the current political discourse which divides the country on a daily basis threatening the unity of Tunisians.

Besides, the political atmosphere predicts a darker situation as warned by former Speaker of the National Constituent Assembly Moustapha Ben Jaafar, who described the political scene as “shameful”, calling at the same time on President Kais Saied to organize a national dialogue for reconciliation between various political protagonists, stressing that “national reconciliation is more interesting than social and economic problems”. 

In the same context, Nejib Chebbi, president of the Democratic Movement called on Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh to initiate a national dialogue.

These political calls came from two politicians with deep political experience and vision.  

Unfortunately, the hostile speech of politicians increases and tension exacerbates, as we witnessed over the last few days many outrageous behaviours, within parliament or in the media landscape.

The danger that some political views threaten social peace nationwide and damages relationship with some countries by interfering in their affairs as in the case of raising the photo of the former Egyptian president. 

Freedom of expression requires wisdom and discretion especially in these days marked by hardship. The urgent task is how to find possible ways to improve the living conditions of citizens.

 The real performance is to exert effort to give solutions to the striking problems which burden all components of society, instead of insulting opponents and wasting time to the detriment of the people’s interest.

The political practice requires intelligence and modesty at the same time, and not the ideology that destroys the values of coexistence and unity.

TunisianMonitorOnline (Ben Rhouma Chedly)

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