Tunisia has solidified its position against the Islamists by electing a secular government. Mr Beji Caid Essebsi, who was a former interior minister of Tunisia’s first repressive Islamist president, is the leader of the anti-Islamist paty Nidaa Tounes, and now the president of Tunisia. Mr Beji Caid Essebsi was also a speaker of parliament under the overthrown dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
When peering beneath the surface of this election results, it can be inferred that the Tunisian people do not want an Islamic government, and they also do not want Islam to grow in power in the government. Also, this election results demonstrates that despite the Islamist group Ennahda sweeping into office in 2011, the group has been shown to be incompetent in running the economy and the country during the current turbulent times. This election result was also a major blow to the Islamic movement in North Africa: Islamists were praying that the Islamic movement would carry through all of North Africa. Tunisian people axed the Islamists at the stem of the revolution.
Now the stage is set for this new administration to demonstrate if it can bring economic and social security to the Tunisian people. The newly elected president has switched hats three times to become president. The people of Tunisia want economic security and secularism: Tunisians want jobs, better wages, benefits, social services and without any threats from Islamists. The powerful and resilient revolutionary youth of Tunisia want more from their revolution than any government has provided thus far. The test of the new government is to deliver on these important needs, and during these turbulent revolutionary times, the results need to be delivered quickly!
The election results also show the lack of a real opposition in Tunisia. The Ennahda was elected during a revolutionary period: it was a vote against Ben Ali rather than a vote for Islamists. The result of this new election the people of Tunisia, by voting and electing a politician that has previously served the Ben Ali regime, only highlight the desperate need for a progressive secular alternative. This is the current plight of the Tunisian people, bringing old relic politician to power only to hold back the Islamists till a real progress opposition can be trusted.