Thousands of Tunisians celebrated the ninth anniversary of the revolution which ousted President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali following a popular uprising in a festive atmosphere on Tuesday in central Tunis.
On Habib Bourguiba avenue, decorated with Tunisian flags, parents with their children, groups of young people, adults: men and women marched in peace, gathering around musical groups.
Some people held up posters with messages of hope such as « a people who have successfully got rid of the dictatorship is capable of improving their future » or « the impossible is not Tunisian! ».
“I came with my children to relive the events of an important day in the history of Tunisia. Despite the political situation, we are proud of our revolution! ”, 44-year-old Mohamed Majed told AFP.
No major political demonstrations have been recorded on Bourguiba Avenue where a large security force has been deployed.
A few dozen meters from this avenue, several hundred people gathered in front of the headquarters of the UGTT trade union center chanting the flagship slogan of the revolution: “Work! Freedom ! Dignity ! ».
Addressing the crowd, the secretary general of this powerful trade union center, Noureddine Tabboubi denounced a political class which wants to « divide the Tunisians ».
« Nine years have passed, and the political scene has since rotten with politicians who are interested in power rather than in the interests of the country, » deplored Mr. Tabboubi, adding that the deterioration of the situation has made the Tunisian state “weak, without prestige and incapable of imposing the law”.
« We are not going to allow political enthusiasts to spread despair, and the revolution will continue until the establishment of the real Republic, » he said.
The celebration of the 9th anniversary of the revolution comes in a tense political context, especially after the rejection by Parliament last Friday of the government proposed by the Islamist-inspired party Ennahdha.
It is now up to President Kaïs Saied, a fiercely independent academic who is very critical of the parliamentary system, to appoint another Prime Minister capable of convincing the deputies.
If the candidate chosen by Mr. Saied in turn fails to form a government, the time would be for the dissolution of the Assembly, at the risk of further delaying the measures necessary to curb inflation and unemployment weighing on households Tunisians.