Tunisie: Discours d’investiture de Dr. Merzouki
President Moncef Marzouki addresses the Tunisian Parliament in his first inaugural speech as a President of Tunisia
Earlier today, Dr. Merzouki delivered his first speech as the president of Tunisia. An Inaugural speech is an important indicator of how the executive branch (or its head in this instance) would behave itself in the future. It is also a way to gauge the priorities of head of the executive. In this first speech, this is exactly what President Merzouki did. In a very sober, yet very powerful, speech, he laid down what he saw as the most important challenges facing Tunisia. He reaffirmed his solemn belief in the core values of the Tunisian Revolution–democracy, rule of law, justice for all, economic justice, and transparency–and briefly sketched the road ahead.
However, what stood out for me as the most important section of the speech is when President Merzouki enumerated in a very direct way the enormous challenges he and his government are asked to deal with, and enumerated the values that he and his government are asked to defend. In that section, President Merzouki says,
We are asked, at the same time, to carry out the objectives of the revolution and to foster stability. We are asked to rapidly engage in the most urgent reforms without delaying the more structural one. We are asked to create jobs without sinking in debt. We are asked to encourage investment without encouraging speculation and exploitation. We are asked to protect the rights of the employees without forgetting about the rights employers. We are asked to develop and invest in the depressed regions of our country without forgetting about the other regions. We are asked to find the right balance between holding former and current leaders accountable without forgetting to seek reconciliation. We are asked to develop our Arab and Muslim identity and open up ourselves to the rest of the world without forgetting to deepen our relations with the East, the West and the South. We are asked to protect and defend the veiled women, and to to protect the right to protest and protesters without forgetting to protect the institutions targeted by the protesters. We are asked to preserve law and order without threatening liberty. We are asked to comfort and support the opposition and tell them that there is no room for vengeance in today’s Tunisia. [translated by the blogger]
Well, here is the entirety of the speech. It is in Arabic. I will try to find a translation or do the translation myself if I have time.