Revolutionnary hand kissing for Tunisia president
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Revolutionnary hand kissing for Tunisia president

Tunis : Tunisia | Apr 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM PDT
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In a visit to a popular market in Kalaa Sghira; small in Tunisian coast. Moncef Marzouki Tunisia s temporary president; has had his hand kissed twice by citizens present there; amid shouts of Long live our president; Long live the Revolution; Long live Marzouki; in the manner monarchs and kings hands are kissed by subjects; this manner of saluting leaders is absolutely unusual in Tunisia; But it reminds tunisians of infamous organized popular meetings by outsed dictator Ben Ali regime; when crowds of tunisiens were gathered to hail; cheer the president; But still: there was<no hand kissing;

The video of the awkward and surprizing hand kissing went immediately viral on the net; even though the video was immediately deleted by the official presidential page.

"We have decided to withdraw the clip... we are trying to install a new relationship between the government and citizens. A relationship based on dignity, a gain from the revolution," the presidential Facebook site said.

Marzouki; who was handshaking citizens in the marked; was seemingly surprised and embarassed by the hand kisses; although he continued to shake hands. Some observers opponents of the president in particular: said Marzouki was stretching out his hand to be kissed; typical of his populist manners; preparing the ground for next presidential elections; Others claim the hand kissers are in fact Nahdha members who did the hand kissing in order to disgrace the presidency role in Tunisian people eyes; Nahdha party being in favor of a total parliamentary political system;

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bacham is based in Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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