“Outstretched hand” by Tebboune: Rahabi delivers his analysis

The President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has expressed his desire to establish a new unifying approach aimed at building a united internal front, able to face the challenges of the international situation. Former diplomat and Minister Abdelaziz Rahabi spoke on this subject and delivered his analysis through a forum.

In a column posted on his official Facebook page yesterday, Tuesday May 10, 2022, former diplomat Abdelaziz Rahabi returned to President Tbboune’s approach and “his desire to propose political action in the spirit of national unity”.

Indeed, the former ambassador of Algiers in Madrid explained that “society, in its civil and political components, had always shown its aptitude for compromise and its willingness to support any effort to get out of the status quo”, noting, however , the fact that “political power had always locked itself in its logic of power relations”.

According to Abdelaziz Rahabi, “this attitude has weakened the state and almost caused its collapse”. “… A collapse desired by actors hostile to Algeria”, he pointed out. In the same vein, the former Minister affirmed that “this risk of collapse alone validates any initiative for dialogue and consultation between the executive power and the political, social and economic representation”.

“Establishing confidence-building measures to make the gathering a reality”

For the former ambassador, “the question that arises on a recurring basis is that of knowing how to establish measures of confidence which would make possible and concrete the will to unite, expressed in political discourse”, but also “how to decline it in a concrete in daily political life”. Moreover, Abdelaziz Rahabi underlined the fact that “the contours of President Tebboune’s indirect offer would benefit from being clarified so that this initiative is understood and heard”.

“At this stage and without prejudging the substance of this approach, it is necessary to meet certain political conditions. The most urgent are related to questions of the free exercise of politics by political parties, trade unions, the associative movement and civil society as a whole”, suggested the former diplomat Rahabi, adding that “we cannot validly and seriously envisage a political interest in dialogue without settling the question of obstacles to the exercise of partisan political action and without lifting the limits on the exercise of the constitutional right to objective, free and responsible information”.

On another front, former Minister Abdelaziz Rahabi regretted “the persistence of multiple forms of pressure from the Administration and its interference in political life”, considering that this “alters the country’s political climate and goes against commitments of the President of the Republic”. “Obviously, we have not learned the lessons of the past, because this state of affairs does not serve the administration, which replaces the State when it must ensure that its links with society are preserved. Its missions must be controlled by the judge”, wrote Abdelaziz Rahabi, noting that “the President of the Republic remains politically the first responsible for the functioning of the institutions of the State”.

“The State should engage in the promotion of freedom of expression”

In his op-ed, former Minister Rahabi considered that “the forthcoming celebration of the 60th anniversary of independence can also be an appointment with history to complete the liberation of the land by that of men and an opportunity to protect individual and collective freedoms and reconcile with our history as a country of free men”.

“Only the President of the Republic can decide on this new enlargement measure. He will take the risk, like those of his predecessors who have embarked on bold political reforms, of not being fully supported by a sprawling administration, which has ended up replacing the state, feeding on its own fears and still resisting. to any form of change to keep positions of rent, added Abdelaziz Rahabi.

In this same context, the former ambassador also noted that “the State is expected to engage in the promotion of freedom of expression and the establishment of a modern national information system. and performing at the service of society in its diversity”. Indeed, according to him, Algeria “needs credible and quality media operating in a climate of freedom and transparency to support a national political project driven by justice, equality in rights and duties and shared prosperity”. .

“We need a commitment to popular control of national wealth”

Regarding President Tebboune’s offer to unite, Abdelaziz Rahabi noted that “it was difficult to envisage joining this approach without a declared will and a concrete commitment in favor of popular control of national wealth, which remains at the center of the concerns of Algerians who have witnessed a systematic and organized privatization of the public good”.

“The absence of real legislative and judicial control has encouraged bad governance and the generalization of corruption which have in turn impacted the quality of life of Algerians, thus favoring the exodus of elites and the phenomenon of harragas, such as they have slowed down the dynamism of an economy which nevertheless fulfills all the criteria of power, lowered the level of education and the quality of public health care and greatly altered the political environment”explained the former Minister.

The former Algiers ambassador to Madrid recalled, along the same lines, that the President of the Republic “was the guarantor of the country’s stability and had a key role to play in researching, leading and setting up of this economic pact of social justice and redistribution of wealth”, and this, because “Algerian society will find it difficult to bear the effects of a world crisis, the first consequences of which have seen an increase in prices of 25 to 30% consumer products and whose outcome is more than uncertain”.

For his closing remarks, Abdelaziz Rahabi affirmed that “consultation and dialogue with political actors, the academic world and the media to exchange, share the readings of the current world and above all to determine and share the course of action that responds to the better to the interests of Algeria”.

“The world to come will be one of influence wars, big data, innovation and strategic alliances. The President of the Republic, who constitutionally embodies the defense of Algeria’s diplomatic interests, has as such the powers and tools to act on the formation, preservation and consolidation of a national consensus on foreign policy issues. and national defence, wrote former Minister Rahabi before concluding: “It is true that the mission of the Head of State is not easy, so lacking is the tradition of dialogue in the political life of the nation, but the realization of a common destiny inevitably passes through the search for the values ​​of permanent consultation and the virtues of mutual respect”.

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