The Tenth National Party Conference

The Tenth National Party Conference

The Ninth National Party Conference of Ennahdha Party, held on 12 to 14 July 2012, issued a decision to convene an extraordinary national party conference in 2014 for the purpose of considering two issues: the overall evaluation of the party’s experience and its strategic choices for the future.

Due to the timing of the planned extraordinary party conference overlapping with the organisation of national legislative and presidential elections, the Party's Consultative Council decided to postpone the conference to Spring 2016. This decision was taken after launching a referendum of the party’s members inside and outside Tunisia on the proposed date of the conference, which would focus on the evaluation of the party's experience and its strategic choices in a number of areas, including political, intellectual, structural and organisational issues.

Two central committees were elected by the Consultative Council to work on preparation of the conference - the content planning committee and the logistical preparation committee. Each had its own regional committees whose members were elected by regional party branches in addition to many other technical sub-committees.

The National Conference process was launched in December 2015, with the organisation of 279 local conferences, 24 regional conferences and 8 sectoral conferences inside and outside the country, during which members discussed the motions for the national conference and elected their delegates to the conference.

The Tenth Extraordinary National Party Conference takes place in a context of evolution for Ennahda Party, by which it is renewing its vision and programme to strengthen its identity as an open, democratic political party based on Islamic values as defined in the 2014 Tunisian Constitution, rooted in Tunisia's achievements, which it strives to protect and reinforce.

This conference also comes at an important time for our country and emerging democracy, which faces economic, social and security challenges. These challenges call for national unity, political and social stability, structural reforms and effective cooperation between the state and all important actors in the political, economic, social and civil society fields in order to overcome these challenges successfully.

As for the regional and international context, it is characterized by change and instability, the growth of conflict hotspots and geopolitical risks, as well as the involvement of some Arab countries in their axes.
Finally, many expectations and hopes of our members hang on this conference, as well as of those concerned for Tunisia's future and who hope for Ennahdha party’s success in renewing its vision after a long experience, especially during the ruling period. It is critical for Ennahdha Party to set a vision that allows it to further contribute as an advanced party to strengthening a participatory approach in building democracy, achieving development and social justice, restoring hope to the Tunisian people, reinforcing their trust in their revolution and their ability to achieve its goal of dignity for all, just as they have come so far in achieving its goal of freedom.

Presentation of the General Congress

The General Congress is the party’s supreme power. It consists of deputies elected through regional elections, depending on percentage and representativeness determined by the Consultative Council and the members of the previous Executive Board. It is held once every four years with the presence of the absolute majority of the delegates. In the absence of a quorum it would still be held 24 hours later with all the present delegates.