A few weeks before the passage of Tunisia’s historic consensus constitution — which was approved last night by an overwhelming 200-12 vote — a number of writers and poets communicated their hopes for the nation in an open letter to the newly appointed prime minister. The online magazine Tunisia Live translated these hopes and added some from “street poet” Majd Mastoura:

dastmalchi20110115174606187Mastoura, who is a founder of a “street poetry” collective that promotes writing in Tunisian dialect, told the magazine that he has few expectations for the new prime minister:

I can’t build high hopes since it is a caretaker government. Previous elected governments were unable to achieve anything. I am not really interested in addressing this government. As a young person I will continue to fight through my art and I encourage artists to do the same. The streets are ours and we will keep reclaiming them.

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