2 thoughts on “Tunisia: President Kais Saied”

  1. One of my Tunisian grand-daughters, currently studying politics at a British university, joined in the electoral campaign, working in the team of an unsuccessful candidate. She said that her Tunisian friends and associates are convinced that the unprecedented turnout for the new President was not only because he is patently honest but because he directly addressed the concerns of young Tunisians. Never before had Tunisian youth bothered to vote. Moreover, her friends believe that the rioting in Beirut was sparked as much by the election in Tunisia as by the demonstrations in Hong Kong. Readers of the Digest will be aware of the intense rivalry between Lebanese and Tunisians, both tracing their roots to the Phoenicians, as is apparent from the absence of businessmen from one country working in the other.
    This seems to mirror a report in this morning’s Today programme that there has been a substantial rise in interest in studying politics in British universities, reflecting not so much support for one side or the other as disgust with British politicians and a willingness to become engaged and do better – perhaps the first positive outcome from the Brexit saga.

  2. The election of this man is a blessing for Tunisians as he is squeaky clean unlike his opponent who is about as sulphurous and unsavoury as they come and backed a hate campaign against the new head of state of unprecedented virulence.
    The new president may be conservative on certain issues but so are a majority of his countrymen and having a wife who is a respected judge and former students who respect him are great advantages. Close on 90% of those under 25 voted for him – a resounding victory.

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