French President Francois Hollande was quick to insert his government into yet another crisis in Northern Africa today, expressing “concern” at the assassination of Tunisian opposition leader Shokri Belaid and demanding the government respect the ideals of their revolution.
Belaid’s death led Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki to cancel a planned trip to a summit in Cairo, and collapsed the government, with Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali forming a new interim unity government today.
Jebali picked members of all ruling and opposition parties for the new government, saying they would have a limited mandate aimed at holding new elections in “the shortest possible time.”
Tunisia’s last election was in October 2011, and was won by the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party. The Constituent Assembly elected was charged with drafting a new constitution for post-revolution Tunisia.
Ennahda has preferred a parliamentary system, while Belaid’s Democratic Patriots were among an opposition group arguing for a stronger executive branch, while insisting the ruling party was a “threat to democracy.”
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The only way for the Arab uprising to succeed is for the salafi the Wahhabis and other religious barbarians jihadists to be dismentald and sent to hell one way the other.., for Europeans and us to stop their support for Saudis and UAE in general, for EU and us to stop their support for Israel the only apartheid regime in this world, but above all for vulture capitalism to lose its power governing the governments in us and EU.., because all these wars are created by this system and all the above are included.
Stop supporting Wahhabi-financed and indoctrinated Salafis? But they ARE the foot soldiers of the Empire! They may not know it, but what's the difference. Saudi Wahhabi dominated Mecca is their Vatican, not any national government. How ideal for using them world-wide! Wahhabi funded Salafism has been the fighting force in Bosnia, when rarely anybody but Serbs had to confront them. Salafis chopped Serbs heads off, and sold videos on Saudi Arabia's streets! And we kind of "did not know". Now, Salafism is spreading like a wild fire in Kosovo, guaranteeing another war to ignite Albanian and other muslim-majoritiy areas of Serbia, Macedonia, Monte Negro and Greece. And we still "do not know it". They are killing Syrian children for sports, and having their own ten year olds learn how to behead a poor man! All recorded, of course. And we still know nothing off it. Because these foot soldiers are USEFUL, and then when convenient, we will get "horrified" so we can then go and selectively "fight" them to prolong the war on terrorism. We the fools.
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