AFRICA/TUNISIA - Nobel Peace Prize: "Tunisia shows that democracy is possible in the Arab Muslim world"

Friday, 9 October 2015 democracy  

Tunis (Agenzia Fides) - "We are happy because it is a recognition and encouragement to Tunisian democracy" said to Agenzia Fides Fr. Jawad Alamat, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies of Tunisia, commenting on the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.
"We live in a difficult situation, where we find ourselves fighting against terrorism and poverty", says the priest.
"The Nobel Peace Prize is an encouragement and an honor for Tunisia, which is not only seen as the Country that initiated the earthquake in the Arab world, but is instead recognized as a Country that is making a path towards a difficult democracy, but possible, in the Arab-Muslim world".
"It is an encouragement for Tunisia but also a strong signal launched to the rest of the Arab world and Europe, because it shows that in an Arab country, despite all the obstacles placed by terrorism and by social and economic conditions, it is possible to have peaceful confrontation through dialogue and mutual respect", said Fr. Jawad. "We thank the Lord and all those who wanted to give this award to Tunisia", said the priest.
The Quartet, formed in 2013, comprises UGTT, the Tunisian Labor Union, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers, has worked hard to get Tunisia out of a political stalemate after the murders of two opponents, Choukri Belaid and Mohammad Ibrahim, allowing the Country to resume the process of democratic transition. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 09/10/2015)