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Tamarod (Rebellion) Movement Now in Tunisia

Above Tunisia protests in 2011

Spokesman of Tunisia’s Tamarod presents goals of movement, saying main objective consists in scrapping constitution hijacked by Islamists.

The spokesman of Tunisia’s movement Tamarod, Arabic for rebellion, Mohamed Bennour presented on Wednesday, in an interview broadcast on radio Mosaique FM, the main objectives of this movement.

“Tunisia’s Tamarod seeks to dissolve the National Constituent Assembly which has lost its legitimacy”, he said, “It also aspires to scrapping the hijacked constitution.”

Bennour noted that political Islam is totally doomed, in reference to the ruling Islamist party Ennahda.

He said, “The movement is calling for the formation of a commission of legal experts who will be entrusted with the drafting of a new constitution that guarantees rights and freedoms for all Tunisians.”

Bennour, coordinator of the Tunisia Tamarod movement, speaks at a news conference in Tunis
Mohamed Bennour (C), coordinator of the Tunisia Tamarod (rebel) movement, speaks at a news conference in Tunis July 3, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi.


The Tamarod movement gathered so far more than 176,000 signatures from citizens in different regions in Tunisia.

Egypt’s Tamarod, a grassroots movement, has collected more than 22 million signatures to a petition calling for early presidential elections and led protests calling for ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

This figure is higher than the number of people who voted for Morsi in last year’s presidential election — 13.23 million, or 51.7 percent of the ballots cast.

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