Delegations from Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Libya are participating in the 6th World Amazigh Congress (CMA), which opened Friday (September 30th) on the Tunisian island of Djerba, Tout sur l’Algerie reported. Representatives of the Touareg community and the Amazigh diaspora in Europe and North America are also attending the three-day event, which focuses on the Amazigh movement in the aftermath of the Arab spring.

For Tunisia to serve as host country for the event would have been “unthinkable” under the rule of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, TSA editorialized  Even though the Amazigh population is between 5 and 10 per cent in Tunisia, “no place was given to the culture or language during the reign” of Ben Ali, the Algerian online daily added.

It is in Morocco, however, that “the winds of change in the region have paid off the most” for the Amazighi population, TSA remarked, pointing to the recent formalization of the Tamazight language, a measure that was introduced as part of the country’s constitutional reforms.

Source: Magharebia.

Link: http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/newsbriefs/general/2011/10/02/newsbrief-07.