Alright folks, Wednesday was possibly one of the best days of my life. I visited the Majlis An-Nawab. This is equivalent to the Capitol building in DC. Tunisia is in a very delicate stage in which many things are changing. The ANC (National Constitutional Assembly) is currently in the process of reviewing the constitution and voting for national positions. So I was able to spend the day at the Majlis An-Nawab meeting deputies and watching the voting process. I was accompanied by my supervisor and amazing mentor, former politician and attorney Me. Halim Meddeb, who was my gateway into this world of politics.
When we arrive at the majlis, all he did was make one phone call and then the VP of the ANC came to greet us and walk us through security. From then on, it was lights camera action! There were journalists, international observers, deputies, politicians, and even other American students partaking and watching history. It was such an honor and a blessing to be there and meet so many people. Throughout the process Halim would break down the political process step by step in small digestible chunks. Voting went very smoothly, almost too smoothly. It was near consensus for every member voted for.
I got to see some of the contacts I had made at the Human Rights conference at the Africa Hotel which took place a couple of weeks ago. Once again, I have to report how nice the people I have meet have been. A smile and an “3’salaama binti” goes a long way.