Representatives of the Renaissance Party (Ennahda) along with six other political parties withdrew from the National Congress against Violence and Terrorism showcasing their staunch opposition to Adel Almi.
The parties are protesting the presence of Adel Almi, president of the Centrist Organization for Awareness and Reform. Almi is notoriously known for preaching in support of polygamy and separating boys and girls school, as well as many other fringe ideas. How inclusive should the immunization bill be? Is it proper and just to reactionaries who every well can drag back Tunisia’s social progress?
A meeting was scheduled between various political parties and government officials in hopes of finding common ground and consensus. This plan soon ended in shambles because tensions proved to be too potent to set aside. One participant accused Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Renaissance Party, of conspiracy for his hypothetical involvement in the Chokri Belaid assassination, a mystery yet to be solved.
Adel Almi’s presence created a distraught environment and Samir Cheffi, adjoint Secretary General of the Tunisian General Union of Labor (UGTT), declared the exclusionary act shameful and regretful. He sent a message of unity on MosaiqueFM, calling members of the National Congress against Violence and Terrorism to forge strategies to protect Tunisia from terrorism and imminent danger.
Adel Almi and Ziad Lakhdher, who is Secretary General of the Alwatad Almouhad party, called on all the National Congress participants to focus on the serious issues the country is facing which deserve immediate attention.
Lakhdhar also urged political activists to rapidly devise an agreement over the dissolution of the controversial leagues of the revolution protection, announcing the perpetrator of Chokri Belaid’s assassination, and neutralizing mosques, because they are exploited as centers of extremist indoctrination and hatred, unfortunately.