I once read an article written by one of my former teachers on dualities. I was caught by these words, which describe the wealth of the Tunisian heritage: ”We are both the outcome of a Punic culture and the betrayers of Carthage, Yamazighan and Arabs, foundational contributors to Christian thought and Muslims. Hybrid by nature, we definitely represent humanity’s greatest power: its capacity for survival.”

I have since realised that this wealth of heritage has enabled Tunisia to move forward where others have either failed or are still searching for a way out.

Unquestionably Tunisia’s adoption of the new constitution has brought a glimmer of hope to the ‘Arab Spring’. The journey was not easy. Lack of confidence and uncertainty has hallmarked the political life in Tunisia over the last couple of years. The Ennahda party has shown a great deal of flexibility and openness, which contributed to the success of the last transitional period. However, we should not overlook the other major political parties who put aside their differences in a bid to uphold the national interest. The idea that Islam and democracy are incompatible has no ground today. The world was caught by the way Mr Ali Larayedh handed power to his successor Mr Mehdi Jomaa in a peaceful and civilised manner, especially if we bear in mind the scenes of violence, disorder and polarisation which make the head- lines in countries like Libya, Egypt and Syria. What Tunisians have so far achieved is the equivalent in mountaineering terms of scaling Everest.

Mehdi Jomaa’s government has all the support of the major political parties. The overwhelmimg majority of Tunisians believe that together we can make another defining moment by holding fair, transparent and democratic elections that, with God’s help, will put the country back on the right track.

Imed Lassoued, Tunisia