Tunisia has proven to be the most promising success story to come of the Arab Spring with both their political and economic system flourishing again. Moncef Marzouki the country’s president is owed much of the credit as he provided both the vision and wisdom since being in office from September 2011.
During the U.N. General Assembly meeting in September, Marzouki called on the body to declare dictatorship “a disease” and launch an official campaign against autocrats, establish an international court to arbitrate elections and government legitimacy to prevent tyrants from being able to take power.
According to foreignpolicy.com, the Tunisian president said, “It behooves us to implement an ambitious, bold program to eliminate dictatorship in the same way in which we got rid of polio and smallpox.”
Marzouki devoted himself to human rights during the early stages of his career and is head of Tunisia’s leading human rights organization. He remained a prominent figure in Tunisia’s liberal opposition when exiled to France after one of his many arrests under the regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.
The president is overseeing the writing of the new constitution and insists Islamist parties are to play a role in the country’s governance. He claims he is willing to stand up to them when necessary, saying Tunisia’s ultra-conservative Salafi groups are extremely dangerous.