Sarah Kira reveals the updates of the events in Tunisia
“Egypt’s events were heavily violent at all; however, Tunisia has delayed a lot”
Sara Kira, the head of the European North African Center for Political Studies, said that the decision to extend the exceptional situation in Tunisia, which was issued by Tunisian President Qais Al-Saeed, is a constitutional and legal decision and in the interest of the Tunisian state. As he declared, “No road map has been presented so far and the defaulters have not been held accountable, so it was natural to extend the period of exceptional measures”.
During her hosting of the Al-Mashhad program on the Nile News Channel, Kira added that parliamentary elections are expected, however, not yet because of the tense situation in Tunisia. After circulating threats of violence from the Al-Nahda movement, it is also necessary to agree on the form and date of the elections in Tunisia, as well as to take the necessary measures in the case of violence from the movement.
Kira asserted that the existence of an imminent security crisis that led to Tunisia closing its borders with Libya, especially after the Tunisian president was subjected to an assassination attempt. She added that Tunisia must speed up presenting a road map in coordination with civil currents so that the Al-Nahda movement does not take the opportunity to rearrange its papers.
In addition, she pointed:
“The events in Egypt were more violent and severe, and that is why the reaction of the Egyptian people was more firm with the violent operations that Egypt witnessed after the removal of the Brotherhood, and she has no doubt about the presence of major acts of violence in Tunisia is coming”.
On the other hand, Kira was concerned about the Tunisian border with western Libya, which is still ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood and where foreign mercenaries and ISIS are present. Furthermore, the Tunisian border, which is easy to infiltrate owing to its tiny geographical area, is under attack. Therefore, the decision to close the western border crossings was a wise and deterring choice.
She suggested that the constitution is a form of political deterrence, but there must be security, military, and intelligence measures more than political, because any kind of movement of fighters or terrorist elements on or inside the Tunisian borders poses a serious threat. The constitution provides accountability for any source of violence in any form, yet the constitution is insufficient; security and military measures must be intensified.
She added that Muslim Brotherhood, represented by the Renaissance Movement in Tunisia, succeeded in forming pressure groups within the Tunisian parliament that work for the benefit of the outside, and that work against the Tunisian interior, which owns proxies outside, which in turn incites the actions and measures taken by the President Qais al-Saeed.
Kira commented on the American recommendations for the speedy Tunisian return to the democratic path that America can only say such recommendations. However, the most important is some civil currents inside Tunisia that work to tie the hand of the Tunisian judiciary in holding some Brotherhood figures who have previously attempted to flee the country, but whose attempts were thwarted by a decision to prevent them from leaving in time.
She suggested that the current US administration pays attention to Brotherhood lobbies across the world, including CAIR organization. This represents a significant amount of pressure on the John Biden administration, as it binds the judiciary’s hand under the guise of Tunisian citizens’ rights to move. In particular, taking into account a dilemma of Tunisia’s constitution, which stipulates that citizens be prevented from traveling only when a judicial order is issued.
Therefore, the Tunisian government must speed up accountability and highlight the road map. She continued that the democratic path does not require the presence of members of the Brotherhood, whose work has been proven to work for their personal interests and foreign agendas.
Kira concluded her speech that the Tunisian people’s belief and culture in political freedoms is what prompted them to give the Brotherhood’s Al-Nahda Party a chance for ten years.