Afek Tounes

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Afek Tounes
آفاق تونس
President Yassine Brahim
Founded 28 March 2011 (2011-03-28)
Ideology Liberalism
Secularism[1]
Political position Centre-right[2][3]
International affiliation Arab Alliance for Freedom and Democracy,
Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (regional partner)
Assembly of the Representatives of the People
8 / 217
Website
afektounes.tn

Afek Tounes (Arabic: آفاق تونس‎, "Tunisian Aspiration(s)"[4][5] or "Horizons of Tunisia"[6]) is a centre-right[2] political party in Tunisia. Its program is liberal, focusing on secularism and civil liberties. The party mainly appealed to intellectuals and the upper class.

Moncef Marzouki accused the party of having ties to the now banned Constitutional Democratic Rally. The party took offense to his statements and considered his accusation to be "inappropriate" and, according to Al Maghreb, sued him for "deficiency of professional ethics."[1]

Afek Tounes won 4 seats for the constitutive assembly. The party was rattled on 3 November 2011 though by the resignation of several key founding members such as its spokesperson Emna Mnif, its general secretary Mustapha Mezghani, Sami Zaoui, Hela Hababou and another 13 members.

After underperforming in the 2011 Constituent Assembly election, Afek Tounes joined talks with other secularist and liberal parties, especially the Progressive Democratic Party to form a "big party of the centre". The merger was completed on 9 April 2012. The new party is called the Republican Party.[7]

In August 2013, Yassine Brahim and other former party members left the Republican Party to revive Afek Tounes.[8]

Election results[edit]

Election year # of total votes % of overall vote # of seats
Constituent Assembly of Tunisia
2011 76,488 1.9%
4 / 217
Assembly of the Representatives of the People
2014 102,916 3.0%
8 / 217

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sta Ali, Houssem (7 October 2011), Afek Tounes, Tunisia Live, retrieved 27 October 2011 
  2. ^ a b Chrisafis, Angelique (19 October 2011), "Tunisia's political parties" (PDF), The Guardian, retrieved 27 October 2011 
  3. ^ Jeffrey A. Coupe; Hamadi Redissi (2014). Ellen Lust, ed. Tunisia. The Middle East (13th ed.). CQ Press. p. 810. 
  4. ^ Steven A. Cook (2017). False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East. Oxford University Press. p. 133. 
  5. ^ Nouri Gana (2013). The Making of the Tunisian Revolution: Contexts, Architects, Prospects. Edinburgh University Press. p. ix. 
  6. ^ Abdelwahab ben Hafaiedh; I. William Zartman (2015). Tunisia – Beyond the Ideological Cleavage: Something Else. Arab Spring: Negotiating in the Shadow of the Intifadat. University of Georgia Press. p. 58. 
  7. ^ Benzarti, Hichem (10 April 2012), "Un congrès unificateur des forces démocratiques centristes", La Presse de Tunisie, archived from the original on 12 April 2012 
  8. ^ "Afek Tounes revient à la vie politique". Business News. 28 August 2013.