The road to Democracy

Despite acknowledging the importance of a national consultation, the low participation rate was an embarrassment to Kais Saied. Along with some of his supporters, Saied confronted this critical situation by blaming the media and unknown third parties for the low turnout.
04 May 2022
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Malgré leur reconnaissance de l'importance de la consultation, le faible nombre de participant·es à celle-ci a embarrassé le président Kais Saied. Lui et certain·es de ses partisan·es ont affronté cette situation critique en accusant les médias et des tiers inconnus.
رغم إقرارهم بأهمية الاستشارة إلا أن تواضع عدد المشاركين·ات فيها وضع الرئيس قيس سعيد نفسه في إحراج. إحراج واجهه هو وجزء من أنصاره باتهام الإعلام وأطراف لم يفصح عنها بالتعتيم عليها وضربها.
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Issa Ziadia
Mixing & Sound Design
Oussema Gaidi
Hathemi Smedhi
Editorial Support
Shaden Gannam, Emna Chebaane

According to one of Kais Saied's supporters, "[National] consultation is essential to democracy and is a cornerstone of the Project".

This role of the national consultation is not simply a passing occurence or an attempt to understand the views of the population, but rather a basic component in the development of his state project, just like the new Constitution and political system that the President seeks to establish.

However, some of Saied's supporters highlight the fact that participation in national consultation cannot be compulsory, thus indicating that although it is a mechanism of direct democracy, its outcome does not necessitate the implementation of neither the process nor its results.

In the third episode of "At the heart of the Project", you will hear what Kais Saied's most active supporters think about online national consultation: discussing how it is presented, its results and its significance.

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At the heart of the Project

Kais Saied's landslide victory in the 2019 presidential elections warrants a closer look at the causes, contributors, and subsequent consequences. Throughout the four episodes of the podcast "At the heart of the Project", Inkyfada attempts to introduce the members of its electoral campaign and the people who consider themselves to be "at the very heart of the project" that was represented by Kais Said. After the legal changes initiated by the president following July 25, this project is becoming increasingly clear.

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