Continued instability in Tunisia does not bode well – UAE Press

Abu Dhabi: The voice of the people should be heard and held high as they should be the first to reap the benefits of the new era of change; opined an Emirati daily.

The people of Tunisia deserve to be free, enjoy their rights, practice their duties as responsible citizens, all under the rule of the law. Therefore, Tunisia, after so many decades of suffering under a dictatorship, should never go backward when it comes to its civil liberties, said Gulf News in its editorial today.

Last Wednesday, the Tunisian President, Munsif Al Marzouqi, extended the state of emergency in the country for another three months. In addition, special intervention powers granted to the army and the police were as also extended. Extension of the state of emergency is not new as it was applied for the first time in 2011, following the revolution. At the time, extensions were made for a month, but this is the first time that it is being extended for three consecutive months, noted the paper.

“The justifications given by the government are not acceptable as these extensions indicate a level of instability as well as a wider controlling power given to the security apparatus”, insisted the paper.

Ironically, this is one of the main issues that the Tunisian people have fought against and have paid dearly for with their lives. History should never repeat itself in Tunisia. Tunisia was the spark that ignited the Arab Spring and its success or failure would bear implications for the rest of the region. The voice of the people should be heard and held high as they should be the first to reap the benefits of the new era of change, the paper stressed.

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