Following the new wave of freedom and fight for democracy which is ravaging the entire Middle East, Tunisians too are busy in their own race toward fair polls.
Voters across entire Tunisia waited desparately in long lines to select their representatives in the hope to establish true democracy in the country for which they have been struggling throughout.
THorugh their posts on Facebook and other social media, the youth of Tunisia has been voicing their demand to elect a new government after fair polls and rewrite their distorted constitution. Voters – The country has a 217-seat assembly.
Political experts and diplomats are predicting that Ennahda, a party that supports moderate Islamic movements, may come on the top in these elections which may bring religious implications in Tunisia, which is otherwise considered almost a secular nation so far.
Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, who had been ruling Tunisia for last 23 years as a president, was thrown on Jan 14 after an uprising by people of the country. Tunisians were too fade up to bear his long autocratic and corrupt rule which gave them nothing but poverty, unemployment and suppression.
The elections have come up with extremely high turnouts showing the enthusiasm of Tunisians for electing a truly democratic government of their own choice. So far, there have been no conflict or violence during the poll. Tunisia was never expected to explode like this with the waves of revolution due to its usal peace-loving people.
Among the Mediterranean countries, Tunisia is favored by European tourists due to its beautiful sandy beaches and deserts. However, the recent uprising in Tunisia initiated a series of rebels in the entire Middle East that is known as Arab Spring across the world.
Tunisian government official has warned that the country could report Libya to the United Nations Security Council if Libya is to throw rockets at their borders again. Tunisia said that Libya has been launching rockets at the border. Tunisia said that some of the rockets fired at the border were entering to its territory warning the diplomatic actions would be taken against Libya if such is to happen again.
The defection of the Libyan oil minister to the side of the rebels that have been battling to topple Col Gadhafi has put the Libyan leader under serious pressure. Few days ago it was reported that about four Russian made rockets were fired inside Tunisia and the security in Tunisia has no problem in determining the shots were fired from Libya. This attack against the Tunisian has made the Libyan forces to retreat a bit from the border after heavy battle with the rebels along that border.
Tunisia has announced that the veteran minister of oil has left Tripoli and is in the country Tunisia signaling that the minister has called it a quit with the government of Gadhafi who is locked in a battle with some rebel groups in the country who are fighting to force him out of power.
Fear of unrest in Middle East
There is an aftermath of Egyptian revolution and Mubarak’s exit leading to chaos in entire Middle East region. Uprising of Egypt and Tunisia have clearly demonstrated how people are dissatisfied with autocratic governments and common people have realized the need to voice their protest against sectarian violence.
The precautionary measures taken by governments of different nations in the Middle East to suppress any possible uprising after Egyptian crisis clearly show its impacts.
Yemen too has witnessed an uprising as hundreds of demonstrators protested on Sunday. They marched to Presidential palace and took over the streets in Taizz City.
Yemen people are more enthusiastic following the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s government in Egypt and they too demanded ouster of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Many other nations in the Middle East are facing political crisis and governments are deploying riot police trying to suppress public movements. In Tunisia, President Zine el Abidine ben Ali was overthrown on Jan 14.
From Morocco to Iran, the entire Middle East region is going through a dogma of religious extremism and sectarian violence which common people want to get rid of. There is a continuous struggle between wealthy and have nots along with political violence and corruption.
Jordan and Egypt had been the two nations comparatively peaceful than any other nation in the region. They had signed peace treaties with Israel. But recently thousands of Jordanians entered Egyptian embassy to celebrate Mubarak’s exit. This indicates how the people are eager to embrace democracy in Jordan too.