Congress for the Republic
The Congress for the Republic
: المؤتمر من أجل الجمهورية
, el-Mo’tamar min ajl el-Jomhūriya
: Congrès pour la République
), also referred to as El Mottamar
or by its French acronym CPR
, is a centre-left secular political party in Tunisia
. It was created in 2001,
but legalised only after the 2011 Tunisian revolution
. Its most prominent founder and long-term leader was Moncef Marzouki
. He had been the party's honorary president since he became interim President of Tunisia in December 2011.
The creation of the CPR was declared on 25 July 2001
by 31 people including the physician, medicine professor and human rights activist Moncef Marzouki
as President, Naziha Réjiba
(Oum Ziad) as Secretary-general, Abderraouf Ayadi as Vice-President, Samir Ben Amor as Treasurer, and Mohamed Chakroun as Honorary President.
The CPR declared that it was aimed to install a republican
form of government "for the first time"in Tunisia, including freedom of speech
, freedom of association
, and the holding of "free, honest" elections
, "guaranteed by national and international observers able to genuinely check all levels of the electoral process".
The CPR's declaration also called for a new constitution, strict separation of the different branches of government, human rights
guarantees, gender equality
, and a constitutional court for protecting individual and collective rights.
The CPR called for renegotiating Tunisian commitments toward the European Union
, for Tunisia to support the rights of national self-determination, in particular for the Palestinian people
In 2002, during the Ben Ali presidency, the CPR was banned.
Its leader Marzouki went into exile in Paris.
However, the party continued a de facto
existence, being run from France
Following the ouster of President Ben Ali in January 2011 as a result of the 2010–2011 Tunisian protests
, CPR President Moncef Marzouki announced that he would return to Tunisia and be a candidate in the next general election
He returned to Tunisia on 18 January 2011.
The CPR's electoral symbol.
The Congress for the Republic's electoral symbol
is a red pair of glasses, alluding to Moncef Marzouki's characteristic glasses. Young supporters of the CPR are known to wear red glasses as an accessory to show their support for Marzouki.
In May 2012, disaffected members of the CPR left the party and formed the Independent Democratic Congress
. The splinter party that was later renamed Wafa Movement
, is headed by Abderraouf Ayadi
, a former secretary general of the CPR.
He was joined by 12 members of the Constituent Assembly.
Moncef Marzouki, CPR Honorary President and President of the Republic of Tunisia
Imed Daimi, MP (Medenine), former Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic Moncef Marzouki and former MP (Representing diaspora in France - Northern district) at the National Constituent Assembly
Spokesperson (also members of political bureau) :
- Ikbal Msadaa, Spokesperson, Former MP (Arab World, Africa and the rest of the world) at the National Constituent Assembly
- Haythem Belgacem, Spokesperson, Former MP (Ben Arous) and President of CPR parliament group at the National Constituent Assembly
Members of political bureau :
- Noura Ben Hassen, Former MP (Representing diaspora in France - Southern district) at the National Constituent Assembly
- Selim Ben Hmidane, Former minister of State domains and former MP (Medenine) at the National Constituent Assembly
- Ibrahim Ben Said, MP (Kebili)
- Amor Chetoui, Former MP (Kebili) at the National Constituent Assembly and President of the constitutional committee in charge of drafting the power distribution rules in the new Tunisian constitution.
- Sabri Dekhil, MP (Gabes)
- Mabrouk Hrizi, MP (Kasserine), Former MP (Kasserine) at the National Constituent Assembly and second vice rapporteur of the constitution.
- Tarek Kahlaoui, Former Director of the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies
- Adnan Mansar, Former Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic Moncef Marzouki
- Mabrouka M'Barek, Former MP (Representing diaspora in the Americas and rest of Europe) at the National Constituent Assembly
- Bechir Nefzi, Former MP (Representing diaspora in France - Northern district) at the National Constituent Assembly
- Khaled Traoui
President of CPR National Council
Treasurer: Samir Ben Amor
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