• The General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT) has endorsed the candidacy of President Zine El Abidine for a new term in office.

The trade unions endorsement came after the national administrative commission of the General Union of Tunisian Workers met to discuss the issue on August 31, 2004. "The administrative commission of the General Union of Tunisian Workers has decided, after a free and democratic discussion, to endorse your candidacy to the next presidential term and to call upon trade-unionists and workers to vote for you in implementation of this decision," wrote Mr Abdessalem Jerad, secretary General of the workers union in a message to President Ben Ali.

"The decision by the administrative commission of the General Union of Tunisian Workers is only natural considering what the trade-unionists have received from you in term of your support for the independence of the General Union of Tunisian Workers, your standing by the workers and being attentive to their concerns and aspirations, your continued promotion of social dialogue and consolidation of mutual-help and national solidarity."

"This decision constitutes also a recognition of the successes achieved by our country under your wise leadership in the various fields in a manner that has ensured the stability of our society and safeguarded the purchasing power of the workers, improved the living conditions of citizens and consolidated the achievements of Tunisian women." Full Text

  • In a statement, issued on September 4, 2004, The national council of the Tunisian Union of Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts (UTICA) announced its total endorsement of the candidacy of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to next presidential elections. It also emphasized its commitment to working with enthusiasm and dedication for the success of the elections.
  • The central council of the Tunisian Union of Agriculture and Fisheries (UTAP) announced in a statement issued on September 4, 2004, its unanimous support for the candidacy of President Ben Ali. It stressed the deep conviction of all farmers and fishermen that the process of reform and progress in Tunisia which will continue making strides under the leadership of President Ben Ali.
  • The National Union of Tunisian Women (UNFT) announced on September 4, 2004, its “strong endorsement” to the candidacy of President Ben Ali as “the sole candidate of Tunisian women”. The UNFT also expressed in its statement the feelings of pride shared by its members in the achievements accomplished by Tunisian women. It also emphasized the support of all women of Tunisia to President Ben Ali and his policies.
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