Sixth National Dialogue Seminar: The Will of the People and the Constituent Assembly
ADF organized its sixth national dialogue seminar under the title of “The Will of the People and the Constituent Assembly” in Kairouan on 18 August 2011, in cooperation with the Tunisian Rights, Freedoms and Dignity Network. The seminar was attended by leaders of the National Democratic Action party, Al-Majd party, the Future Party, and the Socialist Left party, along with representatives from the Nahdha Movement and the National Alliance for Peace and Development.
Mr. Mohsen Marzouk, ADF’s Secretary-General, started the seminar by highlighting the importance of launching the debate between parties in order to see what they think the democratic transition roadmap should look like. Mr. Marzouk asked the participants to address the pressing questions of the street about what they are to expect from the constituent assembly, the constitution, and the system of governance.
Mr. Mohamed Kilani, the head of the Socialist Left Party, spoke of the role of constituent assembly indicating that it will portray the institutions and address the priority issues. Mr. Kilani confirmed the importance of the society’s relationship to modernity. On the other hand, Mr. Ali Laaraydh, Chair of the Constituent Commission of the Nahdha Movement, asserted that the constituent assembly came as the one option once it was clear that reforming the political system required a new foundational process.
Mr. Abdelwaheb Hani, president of the al-Majd party, indicated that the first task of the constituent assembly is to create a constitution which conveys the goals of the revolution through general agreement and not through voting. Its second task is to exercise legislative and executive power to compensate for the “legitimacy vacuum” of the current government. He also added that society is in need of a legitimacy which guarantees democratic transition despite the presence of hidden hands that look after the interests of the previous benefactors.