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26/08/2018 08h:15 CET | Actualisé 26/08/2018 08h:15 CET

Le sénateur américain John McCain est décédé

Il avait visité la Tunisie à de nombreuses reprises après la révolution, notamment en février 2011, où il avait promis le soutien américain à la Tunisie.

Le sénateur américain et ancien candidat à la présidentielle américaine en 2008, John McCain s’est éteint, samedi à l’âge de 81 ans après avoir affronté un cancer du cerveau depuis près d’un an.

Membre du parti républicain, cet ancien du Viêt-Nam a été le sénateur de l’Arizona depuis 1987. Il avait également été candidat malheureux à l’investiture suprême en 2008 face à Barack Obama.

Qualifié “d’électron libre” au sein de son parti, il partagera certaines idées comme l’interdiction de l’avortement mais nagea parfois à contre-courant. 

 

Il avait visité la Tunisie à de nombreuses reprises après la révolution, notamment en février 2011, où il avait promis le soutien américain à la Tunisie.

En février 2015, quelques mois après les premières élections post-révolution de 2014, il s’était rendu en Tunisie à la tête d’une délégation composée de membres du Congrès et de Sénateurs américains. Il avait salué “le modèle” tunisien qui serait un exemple pour la région.

  • Zoubeir Souissi / Reuters
    Tunisia's Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi (L) shakes hands with U.S. Senator John McCain in Tunis, February 21, 2011. Washington has offered Tunisia help in shoring up security following its "model" revolution, McCain said on Monday. "The revolution in Tunisia has been very successful and it has become a model for the region," McCain, the leading Republican on the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, told Reuters after meetings with Tunisian government officials. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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    Tunisia's Prime Minister Hamadi Jbeli (L) speaks with U.S. Senator John McCain in Tunis February 23, 2012.REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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    Tunisia's Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi (L) speaks with U.S. Senators John McCain (2nd R) and Joseph Lieberman (R) in Tunis, February 21, 2011. Washington has offered Tunisia help in shoring up security following its "model" revolution, McCain said on Monday. "The revolution in Tunisia has been very successful and it has become a model for the region," McCain, the leading Republican on the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, told Reuters after meetings with Tunisian government officials. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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    Tunisian Defence minister Abdelkarim Zebidi (L) holds talks with US Senator John McCain (3rdR) and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman (2ndR) on February 21, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisia's interim government on February 20 asked Saudi Arabia to extradite deposed strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali as it faced a second day of protests demanding its resignation. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Tunisia's Prime Minister Ali Larayedh (R) meets with U.S. Senator John McCain (L) in Tunis April 3, 2013. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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    Tunisian Defence minister Abdelkarim Zebidi (R) holds talks with US Senator John McCain (C, L) and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman (C,R) on February 21, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisia's interim government on February 20 asked Saudi Arabia to extradite deposed strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali as it faced a second day of protests demanding its resignation. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Tunisian Defence minister Abdelkarim Zebidi (L) shakes hands with US Senator John McCain (R) next to Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman during their meeting on February 21, 2011 in Tunis. Tunisia's interim government on February 20 asked Saudi Arabia to extradite deposed strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali as it faced a second day of protests demanding its resignation. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Tunisia's Prime Minister Hamadi Jbeli (R) embraces U.S. Senator John McCain in Tunis February 23, 2012. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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    Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi (R) holds talks with US Senator John McCain (2ndL) and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman (3rdL) on February 21, 2011 during their meeting in Tunis. Tunisia's interim government on February 20 asked Saudi Arabia to extradite deposed strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali as it faced a second day of protests demanding its resignation. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Tunisia's Prime Minister Ali Larayedh (R) shakes hands with U.S. Senator John McCain in Tunis April 3, 2013. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS)
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    Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi (L) greets US Senator John Maccain (C) and Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman (R) on February 21, 2011 prior to their meeting in Tunis. Tunisia's interim government on February 20 asked Saudi Arabia to extradite deposed strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali as it faced a second day of protests demanding its resignation. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAID (Photo credit should read FETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images)

 

En 2017, lors de la visite du chef du gouvernement tunisien Youssef Chahed à Washington et lors d’un discours à The Heritage Foundation, il s’était emporté contre la possible baisse de l’aide US à la Tunisie: “Cela n’arrivera jamais” a-t-il répété à plusieurs reprises.