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article imageWho is Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki?

By Stan Rezaee     Dec 14, 2011 in Politics
By a vote of 155 to 3, Moncef Marzouki has been elected as President of Tunisia by the Constituent Assembly on December 12, 2011. He took office the next day succeeding Intern-President Fouad Mebazaa.
Since his return from exile, Marzouki has grown to become one of the most influential pro-democratic leaders during the 2011 Tunisia Revolution. As a result, Congress for the Republic (founded by Marzouki but banned in 2002) has grown to become the second largest party in the Constitute Assembly.
Marzouki has been Tunisia’s most vocal human rights activist since the early 90’s when he openly confronted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regarding the violent crackdowns of government oppositions. In 1998, Marzouki, along with 14 other human rights activists, founded pthe Arab Commission for Human Rights.
On 25 July 2001, Congress for the Republic (CPR) was established by Marzouki along with 31 human rights and democracy activists in Tunisia. The party was banned the following year and its leadership was forced into exile. During this time, Marzouki became one of the country's most outspoken democracy activists and critics of President Ben Ali.
Following the toppling of President Ben Ali during the 2011 Uprising, Marzouki and the CPR returned to Tunisia to work with the countries transition to democracy.
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