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Until 2015, Nidaa Tounes, the large secularist party in Tunisia, was marked by rapid growth and showed a sense of cohesion and determination, despite being a political patchwork created to counterbalance the power of the Islamist Ennahda party.However, Beji Caid Essebsi had to give up party leadership when he became president of Tunisia, creating a vacuum. Since then, two main figures and their followers have been competing for supremacy – Mohsen Marzouk, who became the party's secretary-general in May 2015, and Hafedh Caid Essebsi, vice president of the party and son of Beji Caid Essebsi.On Nov. 9, 32 pro-Marzouk parliamentarians declared their intention to resign from the party after angry mobs linked to Hafedh prevented them from convening party meetings.Many party members who worked on the electoral campaign expected to be rewarded with government positions and other official titles – which primarily went to party leaders.As happened to the Congress for the Republic (CPR) and Ettakatol parties after the 2011 elections (when their most important figures left for government), party leadership has been left to second-tier activists.
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