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Marzouk’s ‘Movement of Tunisia’s Project’ Party Officially Launched

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Coinciding with Tunisia’s sixtieth anniversary of its independence from France, announced the official creation of the Movement of Tunisia’s Project party at a ceremony held at the Palace of Sports in the Menzah neighborhood of (Tunis) on Sunday, March 20.

 

Marzouk the former secretary general of Nidaa Tounes, and now ‘coordinator general’ of Movement of Tunisia’s Project, fell out with his former party last year over the role of (President Beji Caid Essebsi’s son) before formally resigning in January.

 

During the split Marzouk brought several prominent Nidaa Tounes defectors with him including more than twenty deputies in the Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP).

 

On Sunday, in its official launch the Movement of Tunisia’s Project unveiled its key shaped logo, chosen according to the organizers “Because each amongst us has the key to success in solving all the problems.”

 

The party also published a founding charter and a declaration of principles which the 100 founding members affixed their signatures to, which as published on the social media accounts of several members are:

 

The principles of Movement of Tunisia’s Project

 

1-The principles of the Republic and the primacy of state authority based on rigor, fairness and citizenship;
2-Participative democracy in policy development and decision making;
3- The ethics of peaceful political action, while avoiding hatred and violence;
4. Construction of a modern and democratic project based on free choice and elections;
5. Preservation of the Tunisian identity, and the consecration of parity between men and women, guaranteeing the chance of young people to participate in the management (of the party);
6- Restoring the value of work and the fight against corruption to build a secure competitive economy;
7- Enable right of regions to manage their own affairs;
8. Maintenance of the foreign policy of Tunisia and the modernization of its role in the Maghreb, Arab, African and Mediterranean environments.

 

Mohsen Marzouk, speaking at a press conference after the official ceremonies called on all those who had supported during his candidacy to form a united Republican front. On Ennahda, Marzouk did not rule out cohabitation with the party in a future government, but ruled out forming an ‘alliance’ or coalition with the ‘rival’ party.

 

As Marzouk did not specify what difference he believed there was between a cohabitation and coalition with Ennahda, or how this differs from the political arrangements made by Nidaa Tounes, the distinction appears to be one of tone more than substance.