Kas Saed opens a boulevard for Moncef Marzouki

When you have no arguments to oppose your opponents, you put them in jail This is how political activist Ahlem Hachicha Chaker commented on the verdict in the trial against former President Moncef Marzouki.

Sentenced to four years in prison yesterday by a court in Tunis, the former president suddenly returned to the scene. On social networks, there are countless reactions of sympathy towards him, after this harsh sentence, described by many leaders and observers, as shameful.

If ethics forbids us to comment on judicial decisions, it does not prevent one from noticing the extreme speed of Tunisian justice in this case.

Barely two months after the facts and we have come all the way to the legal process up to the trial and verdict, whereas it usually takes years to go the same way.

Facts go back to October last year. During a demonstration in Paris, the former president invited France to intervene in Tunisia’s internal affairs by supporting the Tunisian opposition. On October 12, he said on France 24 Arab that he was proud to have worked to prevent the Francophonie summit from taking place in Tunisia. He repeats the same words on several Arab channels in the Gulf, including Al Jazeera.

The two statements by Moncef Marzouki raised a real outcry in Tunisia. Almost everywhere on social networks he was called a traitor and all the names of birds. The media was not at all lenient with him and strongly criticized his invitations to foreign interference and his disgusting attempts to sabotage the Francophonie summit.

The attacks were so virulent that Moncef Marzouki had to close the comments on his Facebook page and deny his own words.

All of this was written on Business News right after President Kaïs Saïed activated the court machine against his predecessor, calling it a golden gift offered by Saïed.

This machine was quick to issue an international arrest warrant for Moncef Marzouki on November 4th.

After the outcry caused by this ridiculous mandate (since Interpol does not follow up on political matters and Marzoukis is one of them), one would have hoped that Kaïs Saïed would calm down.

No. On December 22, we learn via a broadcast from the official Tap agency that the judicial machine is still on its way, totally insensitive to the noise of the media and the catastrophic image of Tunisia that justice gives to the outside world.

Moncef Marzouki could not have hoped for a better gift from his successor. Almost two months ago, he was treated with all sorts of names, and now he has become a victim in the eyes of the very people who insulted him and called him a traitor and a liar. Business News bounced off the call at the time, calling him the Republic’s Pinocchio, so raw and cheeky were his lies.

This sacrificial position is ideal for Moncef Marzouki. It is the one where he feels most comfortable by jumping back to the front of the stage and from there hoping to be heard again and return to the palace of Carthage.

In the eyes of ordinary Tunisians, Moncef Marzouki’s remarks about France 24 and in Paris are shameful, but yesterday’s verdict is even more so.

For the former president, it is imperative to surf on this beneficial wave and add a few tears to marry the role well. In response to the verdict yesterday around midnight, he said he had been convicted during the Bourguiba era and during the Ben Ali era.

This is completely false, but who will hold it against it? He hereby hopes that the Tunisians see as a ruthlessness on the part of the despotic powers towards a politician dedicated to the country, a matter of persuading them and making them forget that he himself called for voting for these powers.

Therefore, it is worth remembering that Moncef Marzouki called to vote for Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 1989 and to vote for Kaïs Saïed in 2019.

In a few days, even a few hours, he will broadcast a video in which he will commemorate Tunisia’s good performance when he was President of the Republic, to present himself to Tunisians as an alternative to these despots.

This is another lie, because if Tunisia managed to do well during the Marzouki era, it was thanks to the recruitment to the civil service of thousands of “victims” of the old regime, to the exhaustion reserves left by Ben Ali and the subscription of billions of dinars in loans from the IMF and other countries.

If Tunisia is in the midst of an economic crisis today, it is because of the disastrous leadership of the state during the Marzouki era, but the latter just stops at the figures of the time without ever mentioning how and at what price these figures were obtained.

With just under 2% in opinion polls, Moncef Marzouki knows he no longer has credit with Tunisians. Although he doubts the polls, he knows deep down that he needs a miracle to get back on stage, the one who only got one hundred thousand votes (2.97%) in the last election. He also knows that he cannot reach the Tunisians while in Paris and that his promise on 20 November to return to Tunisia was just another lie.

Yes, it takes a miracle to revive Moncef Marzouki, and this miracle happened with the impulsive reaction of Kaïs Saïed, who turned Pinocchio into a victim of the oppressive machine.

From now on, in the eyes of Tunisians, Moncef Marzouki is truly a victim of Kaïs Saïed’s despotism. He will believe, without yielding, that he was also a victim of previous regimes. Since we can get the numbers to say what we want, they will also think that the Marzouki period was better than the current one. They will find it entirely justified that he take refuge in Paris, as he risks imprisonment if he returns to the country.

Lie, lie, there will always be something left. Moncef Marzouki does not even have to lie anymore, his opponent does the job for him. By his stupidity and his lack of height, he offers him golden gifts and opens a boulevard towards Carthage.

Raouf Ben Hedi

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