The Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party on Friday presented its program for the Tunisian legislative elections scheduled for October and the presidential election on Sept. 15, emphasizing greater social and economic equity.
Main force in Parliament, Ennahdha (Renaissance) presented its program at a meeting in Tunis in front of a hundred of its members, calling for greater participation of youth in the economy, particularly in the regions of the interior country.
The economic development of the interior of the country was one of the main demands of the revolution that ended the dictatorship in 2011. Eight years later, many parts of the interior of the country remain marginalized.
Investment projects and major industrial clusters are concentrated in the capital and the east coast, while the interior regions, where the unemployment rate is higher, depend on the agricultural sector.
During the presentation of his program, Ennahdha said he wanted to help young people finance their projects, and encourage professionals to invest in the regions of the interior of the country.
The party also proposed to equip 200,000 precarious households in this country of more than 11 million inhabitants.
“Completely eliminate disparities between regions”
“We will try to reduce the disparities between the regions and eliminate them completely,” said Ennahdha leader Rached Ghannouchi, whose party has hitherto supported the government of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, a liberal.
Despite democratic progress after the fall of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 and a fragile recovery in growth after years of slump, Tunisia, the cradle of the Arab Spring, struggles to meet social expectations and bring down unemployment more 15% and inflation at 6.8%.
Mr. Ghannouchi, who many observers have the ambition to seek the presidency of the Tunisian Parliament, is candidate in Tunis for the legislative of October 6. Ennadha presented for the first time in its history a presidential candidate, Abdelfattah Mourou, Acting Head of the Parliament.
The party, which announced in 2016 renouncing political Islam and wants to become a mere conservative Democratic movement, did not mention in its program its position on issues of society or religious.