In a major upset, voters in Tunisia elected a law professor who was barely known across the country and did little campaigning. Kais Saied soundly defeated the incumbent, Nabil Karoui, a wealthy media mogul. 

According to the head of the Columbia Global Centers in Tunis, an education center in Tunisia, “Saied is the real anti-system candidate.”

Karoui, the incumbent president, though facing money laundering charges and tax evasion, still was expected to win re-election.

The upset victory was a result, in a large part, to Saied’s strong following with young voters and Tunisians’ anger at mainstream politicians, who have failed to address lower living standards.

The large victory margin by the unknown independent is seen as a major indictment – not just of the incumbent president under indictment but of the Tunisian elite, who have been entrenched in the government for years.  

Mr. Saied has stated he plans to change the political system by introducing more direct democracy, reversing the trend of increasingly centralized government in the country.

As Mr. Said stated, yes – the future for freedom is Direct Democracy.

TREND FORECAST:  As Gerald Celente wrote in the summer 2011 Trends Journal, “Direct Democracy: It’s The Game Changer.” 

Celente wrote, “I’ve come to the conclusion that the only solution is to take that control from the handful of ‘them’ – the power possessors and power brokers – and put the power into the hands of the people. But how?”

Back in 2011, he proposed the “Celente Solution of Direct Democracy”: a potentially globe-changing movement that would replace today’s “representative democracy.” 

As clear by their deeds and actions, politicians are representative of their personal interests and to those special interests that give them money. 

Celente said, “Positive change will not and cannot occur until power is taken away from the power obsessed.” 

The “Direct Democracy” solution he proposes “… will not only transfer power to the public (for better or for worse!), it will make ‘we the people’ fully responsible for creating the future. 

“The choice is stark. Either we take action to create our destiny or others will continue to create it for us.  And, judging by past performance, we’re not going to like what they create.”

As the anti-establishment trend intensifies and citizens lose faith in political parties and systems, they will seek the Direct Democracy option that puts the future in their hands.

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