Rached Ghannouchi or Tunisia’s political scam

Last weekend Rached Ghannouchi ate miles. The president of the Ennahdha party has traveled through several regions of Tunisia to encourage the troops and give an image of solidity and resilience to himself first, and then to the party, given the political situation in the country and the fact that he was taken to right. It is true that things have led Rached Ghannouchi to find himself in a position that he particularly likes, that of the victim.

However, the president of the Ennahdha party bears a significant responsibility in the fact that Tunisia has come to this. By his insults, by his narcissism, by wanting to become president of something, he will have paved the way for the sanctions vote that brought Kaïs Saïed to power in 2019. It must be realized that Rached Ghannouchi is far from being the political fox so much praised by his fans and by the supporters of the Islamist party. On closer inspection, he made bad choices and walled himself into his position as president, for which he was ready to sacrifice anything.

The July 25 coup was a real lifesaver for Rached Ghannouchi and his party. Dozens of resignations had been registered and Ennahdha had never been so divided. The same Samir Dilou and Abdellatif Mekki, who are today aligned with their former party, were not stingy with inflammatory statements about the functioning of the movement and the mismanagement of Rached Ghannouchi. Ennahdha was embroiled in an internal power play between dissidents who want Ghannouchi to be impeached at a repeatedly postponed congress and the president’s loyalists, son-in-law Rafik Abdessalem, Noureddine Bhiri and Abdelkarim Harouni.

The president of the Islamist party, Rached Ghannouchi, multiplied the maneuvers of his acolytes to remain at the helm of the party while avoiding being questioned by his peers. He had even tried to change Ennahdha’s internal rules to give himself more mandates. Faced with the real risk of the party disintegrating, Rached Ghannouchi did not flinch, preferring to put his own and his family’s interests first, as any dictator would. He and his followers did everything to marginalize their opponents and make them look like traitors. We will remember the famous initiative taken by Bhiri and Harouni to stifle protests and who blamed their friends for making media statements. Media platforms that have proven to be very practical today for Islamist leaders.

The president of Ennahdha will also have shown unprecedented blindness by supporting Kaïs Saïed’s candidacy for the presidency of the republic and by mobilizing his troops to defeat Nabil Karoui. In any other party on the planet faced with such a disastrous mismanagement of the presidential election, the president would have had the decency to resign, at worst the party structures would take care to thank him. But not in Ennahdha. On the occasion of this election, Rached Ghannouchi had pretended to press the candidacy of Abdelfattah Mourou, a historical member of the party. It later turned out that he simply pushed him to the political slaughterhouse, and Mourou’s career ended as soon as the first round was over. Ennahdha then put all its weight into supporting Kaïs Saïed’s candidacy in the second round of the presidential elections, accompanied by the amateurs of the Al Karama coalition. Everything was done to block Nabil Karoui’s path, not out of any conviction, but because the party leader believed he could more easily “deal” with Kaïs Saïed, a political novice. The future will show that the genius pseudo-politician’s calculations have all been proven wrong.

Subsequently, Ennahdha, under the leadership of Rached Ghannouchi, had to swallow other bitter pills for its members and supporters. They thus had to adapt to pirouettes, which only Rached Ghannouchi has the secret of. The Qalb Tounes party, created by Nabil Karoui, has become the Islamist party’s main ally in parliament with the radicals of the Al Karama coalition. Ennahdha, after defaming Qalb Tounes throughout the campaign by talking about corruption and dirty money, has become their best friend in parliament. This alliance had become crucial for two main reasons: the first is to constitute a majority that allows to have the hand on the government, and the second is to prevent at all costs the success of a vote of no confidence that would remove Rached Ghannouchi from the seat. . It is clear that the interest of the country is forgotten in this equation.

The problem is that Rached Ghannouchi, despite all these faults, remained at the head of the Islamist party Ennahdha. No revision, no questioning or any real assessment of the recent period seems to be on the party’s agenda, not as long as Rached Ghannouchi will be at the helm. Congress is postponed to the Greek calendars under the pretext of the political situation, the president’s clan is stronger than ever within Ennahdha and Rached Ghannouchi, thanks to a lot of incompetence opposite, is gradually washing away his image and regaining some political power. In the end, everything goes well for the Islamist party.

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