Qais Saeed ends the ambitions of dreamers to combine politics and sports

Qais Saeed ends the ambitions of dreamers to combine politics and sports

The goal of the step

  • The Minister of Youth and Sports in Tunisia, Kamal Dokish, considered that "Article 20 of the electoral law is a positive step to put an end to the phenomenon of combining politics and sports in Tunisia, and the separation between the state and sports".
  • On his Facebook page, Daqish said: "The new law is another gain added to Tunisian sport. It is very important to separate sports from politics and separate them. From now on, it will not be possible to combine the status of a sports official with that of a member of Parliament. Tunisia above all".

It is noteworthy that the Brotherhood’s Renaissance Movement was the first to open the door in 2011 for a large number of athletes, whether club heads or members of a number of sports federations, to enter the fray of political life.

The phenomenon met with violent reactions at the time, due to accusations that prolonged the movement of"Planting sports officials in sports centers as a kind of electoral reservoir to ensure influence on voters".

opinions

  • The dissolved parliament member, Al-Monsef Al-Salami, said that: "It is premature to talk about the pros and cons of Chapter 20 of the new law, given that the electoral law must be discussed in its entirety and not divided into individual chapters.".
  • In a statement to the site "Sky News Arabia"Salami, who headed the Sfaxien club until last August, said: "Of course, every new electoral law contains both positive and critical points".
  • On the other hand, the analyst and political expert, Majed Barhoumi, considered that "Chapter 20 aims to block the way for political parties or politicians who aspire to win a seat in Parliament, by collecting enough recommendations, for example, through fans of the clubs they head.."
  • But Al-Barhoumi saw that "The ideal formula for determining the fields of candidacy for athletes, is for example to be prevented from running for executive and not legislative positions, such as presidential elections or assuming a ministerial portfolio. Marriage between the two fields."

It is noteworthy that athletes in Tunisia did not have much interest in political work, during the era of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, but after the January 14, 2011 revolution, politics became attractive to a large number of athletes, whether they are club heads, members of sports federations, coaches and others..

The Tunisian parliament included, in more than one parliamentary term, a large number of sports figures, such as the former president of Etoile du Sahel, one of the oldest football clubs in Tunisia, Reda Sharaf El-Din of the Tunisian National Party. "the heart of Tunisia"and officials of the Football Association, Hamed Al-Maghraby, and Hussein Jenneh from the party "viva Tunisia"Ahmed Qaaloul, leader of the Ennahda movement and president of the Tunisian Taekwondo Federation, Kamal Hamzawy, head of the future of Kasserine, and Karim Hilali, former president of the Handball Federation for the Kasserine party. "prospects for Tunisia"as well as Mehdi Ben Gharbia, who held the position of president of the Bizertin club, Salah Zahaf and Moncef El Salami, the two former presidents of Sfaxien, and others..

Others also sought beyond membership in Parliament, by running for the presidential elections in 2014, such as Mehrez Boussian, the current head of the Olympic Committee, as an independent candidate, and Salim Riahi, the former president of the African Club for the party. "Free Patriotic Union"While the current president of the Football Association, Wadih Al-Jaree, who is close to the Ennahda movement, was one of the figures whose name was circulated in 2019 as a candidate for the movement. "viva Tunisia" for the presidential elections.

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Chapter 20

  • Article 20 of the new electoral law, which was published on Friday, states that “it is prohibited to run for membership in the Assembly of the Representatives of the People (Parliament), heads of sports structures and associations, members of the government, heads of ministerial offices, heads of diplomatic and consular missions and centers, judges, prefects, accredited, provincial officials and imams, except After a full year has passed since the expiry of their positions, and submitting a statement indicating their resignation from exercising these positions, at least one year prior to their candidacy for Parliament.
  • The same chapter also states that “they cannot run for office in the last electoral district in which they exercised their aforementioned functions for at least one year before submitting their candidacy.”

Several new or partially revised chapters provoked many reactions in the political arena, but Article 20 (new) of the electoral law brought to the fore the issue of the overlap between politics and sports and the combination of the two positions to serve political and partisan agendas, according to activists who launched an online campaign for years. To prevent the combination of political positions and sports responsibilities.

The goal of the step

  • The Minister of Youth and Sports in Tunisia, Kamal Dokish, considered that “Article 20 of the electoral law is a positive step to put an end to the phenomenon of combining politics and sports in Tunisia, and the separation between the state and sports.”
  • On his Facebook page, Daqish said: “The new law is another gain for Tunisian sport. It is very important to separate sport from politics and separate them. From now on, there will be no way to combine the status of a sports official with the status of a member of Parliament. Tunisia is above all“.

It is noteworthy that the Brotherhood’s Renaissance Movement was the first to open the door in 2011 for a large number of athletes, whether club heads or members of a number of sports federations, to enter the fray of political life.

The phenomenon met with violent reactions at the time, due to accusations that spread to the movement of “planting sports officials in sports centers as a kind of electoral reservoir to ensure influence on voters.”

opinions

  • The dissolved parliament member, Monsef Al-Salami, said that “it is premature to talk about the pros and cons of Chapter 20 of the new law, given that the electoral law must be discussed in its entirety, not divided into individual chapters.”.
  • In a statement to “Sky News Arabia”, Salami, who chaired CS Sfaxien until last August, said: “It is certain that each new electoral law includes positive and critical points.”
  • On the other hand, the analyst and political expert, Majid Barhoumi, considered that “Chapter 20 aims to block the way for political parties or politicians who aspire to win a seat in Parliament, by collecting enough recommendations through fans of the clubs they head, for example..”
  • But Al-Barhoumi believed that “the ideal formula for determining the fields of candidacy for athletes is to prevent, for example, from running for executive and not legislative positions, such as presidential elections or assuming a ministerial portfolio. Legislation and the enactment of laws, the matter is not a marriage between the two fields.”

It is noteworthy that athletes in Tunisia did not have much interest in political work, during the era of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, but after the January 14, 2011 revolution, politics became attractive to a large number of athletes, whether they are club heads, members of sports federations, coaches and others..

The Tunisian parliament included, in more than one parliamentary term, a large number of sports figures, such as the former president of Etoile du Sahel, one of the oldest football clubs in Tunisia, Reda Sharaf El-Din of the “Qalb Tounes” party, and officials of the Football Association, Hamed Al-Maghrabi, and Hussein Jenneh for The “Long Live Tunisia” party, Ahmed Qaaloul, leader of the Ennahda movement and president of the Tunisian Taekwondo Federation, Kamal Hamzaoui, head of the future of Kasserine, Karim Hilali, former president of the Handball Federation of the “Afaaq Tunisia” party, as well as Mehdi Ben Gharbia, who served as president of the Benzarti club, and Salah Zahaf. Monsef El Salami, the two former presidents of Sfax, and others.

Others also sought beyond membership in Parliament, by running for the presidential elections in 2014, such as Mahrez Boussian, the current head of the Olympic Committee as an independent candidate, and Salim Riahi, the former president of Club Africain from the Free Patriotic Union, while the current president of the Football Association was Wadih Al-Jaree. He is close to the Ennahda movement, and one of the figures whose name was circulated in 2019 as a candidate for the “Long Live Tunisia” movement for the presidential elections.


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