It is very hard to deliver a message of hope amid the continuing political crisis in Tunisia which has already cast dark clouds on the economy and the well being of people. The latest United Nations report on happiness and contentment has shown that Tunisians are the least happy people in the Arab Maghreb countries. However, reaching a political solution is still possible. As we all know transitional periods are frought with difficulties. As such reaping the fruits of the Revolution is only a matter of time. Democracy is a struggle. For this reason, we should not worry too much if our political elites in Tunisia have not yet agreed upon decisive matters. Hard times are a test to gauge our unity and love for our country. The political spectrum in Tunisia is divided mainly on one core issue which is the nature of the government that should be in command until the coming elections. The ‘Salvation Front’ made up from Nidaa Tounes, Al Massar, and the Popular Front is calling for the formation of a nonpartisan government headed by a national personality. On the other side, the Troika (the coalition in power) which includes Ennahda and two centre-left parties the Congress for Republic and the Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberation has agreed to give a set of concessions which are deemed not enough by the Salvation Front. Tunisians from all walks of life are eager to see an end to this transitional period. Ideological polarisation should not hallmark our political scene. And maybe a ”Third Way” would be a policy that will trigger a course that could represent a realistic response to the changes that have so far marked the region in whole and Tunisia in particular. Undoubtedly, the coming days are going to be decisive ones, since they are going to chart the political course of what remains from this transitional period. Until then, we ask only that God’s grace shines upon us.
Imed Lassoued, Tunisia