As part of the "Revolutions, Reforms, and Democratic Transition in the Arab Homeland from the Perspective of the Tunisian Revolution" conference, organized by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, and held in Doha from the 19-21 of April, a special session was organized in which the leaders of Tunisian political parties and labor unions addressed their expectations for the future of democratic transition in their country by reviewing the opportunities and obstacles that they face.
A select group of Tunisian politicians and activists participated in the session, including: Hamadi al-Jabali, General Secretary of the al-Nahda Movement, Obeid al-Bureiki, Assistant General Secretary and Official Spokesperson of the Tunisian General Labor Union, Dr. Al-Munsif al-Marzouqi, General Secretary of the Congress for the Republic Party, Abdelaziz Massudi, of the Movement Ettajdid (Movement for Renewal), and Abdellatif Obeid, representative of the Democratic Forum for Work and Freedom.
The session was held in al-Safir Hall in the Diplomatic Club in Doha on Thursday April 21, 2011 from 3pm to 6pm, during which time the participants discussed the struggle for political reform in the Arab world in general and in Tunisia in particular, outlining the constraints imposed by the former Tunisian regime on Tunisia's democratic transformation.
The leaders and representatives of the political parties shared their visions of democratization, as well as the adoption of a new constitution that would guarantee the right of devolution of power and the establishment of a civil state. The political leaders also spoke about the challenges to be faced by Tunisia in the coming period, discussing ways to ensure inclusion of all views despite the differences, especially those between secularists and Islamists and those pertaining to women's rights, while constantly ensuring the necessary guarantees to maintain the legacy of civil society in Tunisia.