Tunisia Model For Middle East

There is something ironic that Tunisia, in which the so-called “Arab Spring” initially emerged should now be the scene in which a blueprint for restoring a sense of democracy in the Middle East can emerge. It was in Tunisia a few years ago that a despondent young man set himself on fire in frustration at not being able to find meaningful work or life. It was in Tunisia, among the most secular Muslim nations of the Middle East, that a dictator, Ben Ali, was removed an an election resulted in victory for the Islamist Ennahada party. Unfortunately, as in other Middle Eastern nations such as Egypt, this party failed to respect the rights of secular Tunisians. This resulted in violence including the murder of secular MPs such as Mohamed Brahmi and chaos. Fortunately, both secular and Islamists decided to cooperate rather than continue violence. A new government led by Mehdi Jomaa will be installed and his Cabinet will consist of technocrats, men and women with skills rather than men and women representing political viewpoints.

This should be the model for Egypt. Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood government of Prime Minister Morsi refused to be inclusive and imposed strict Muslim ideas upon a divided nation in which most did not share a Sharia life. In Tunisia, the new Constitution requires a 50-50 sharing of government jobs between men and women. It will seek to develop an inclusive government in which power is shared. And, there will be a free election.

Goodbye Armed forces. Inclusive power sharing is THE MODEL for the Middle East!!