Game of “Chairs”: Tunisian Presidential Elections

Nouran Bouchlaghem

conducting an MA in English and international relations.
BA in English and international relations.
online dialogue facilitator

The journey of the elections started with a variety of candidates. Today, Tunisians celebrate the profits of their revolution again. However, can this celebration of democracy become a festival for fools?

The Electoral System

The president is directly elected by universal suffrage by the majority. If neither receives an absolute majority in the first round, a second-round between the top two candidates will determine the final result. A presidential candidate must meet the following conditions: He or She must be at least 35 years old on the day of filing for candidacy. Moreover, the candidate must be a Muslim, have a Tunisian nationality and must abandon any other nationality.

I believe that some of these provisions are debatable. In a civil country, neither age nor religion should be a qualification. The ultimate criterion is competence

Fresh Faces  in the Arena

What makes the coming elections exceptional is the number of candidates and the various backgrounds
they come from. Everyone exercised their right of running for elections. It includes lawyers, politicians, businessmen and even artists.

However, there is a very delicate and thin line between celebrating democracy and turning the elections into a festival for clowns. Some candidates lack experience and competence. In my opinion, they lack an eligible profile to lead a country. Some of them did not even announce any programs. The others were making unrealistic announcements. I think that this chaotic situation will be used by some parties to challenge the reliability of the elections.

“Chaos isn’t apit. Chaos is a ladder”

An election is a democratic process, dedicated to people to choose their leaders. However, can people choose their distraction?

Can Tunisia be the First Arab Country to have a Woman as a President?

There is no doubt that the influence of Tunisian women in the political arena is increasing.

Abir Moussi

The female voice is being more appreciated and heard than before. Some of these voices are running for elections.


Here are some Tunisian women who decided to run for elections:

Abir Moussi was born in 1975. She holds a Master’s degree in Law and a DEA in Economic Law an Business Law. She is also Vice-President of the Municipality of Ariana, Chair of the Litigation Committee and a member of the National Forum of Lawyers of the Democratic Constitutional Rally (RCD) and General Secretary of the Tunisian Association of Victims of Terrorism.

Souad Abederrahim

Souad Abderrahim is a Tunisian politician and the first woman to serve as Tunis’s mayor. She is a member of the Ennahda Movement. She did not start political activity until after the 14 January 2011 revolution.





Sihem Ben Sedrin

Sihem Ben Sedrine is a Tunisian journalist and human right’s activist. she earned a degree in philosophy from the university in Toulouse. Since 2014, Ben Sedrine has headed the Truth and Dignity Commission.



Nouran Bouchlaghem

conducting an MA in English and international relations. BA in English and international relations. online dialogue facilitator

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