AA / Tunis
The Tunisian movement Ennahdha qualified, Thursday, the decision of President Kaïs Saïed to arrogate to himself the executive power, “of drift towards authoritarianism”.
The Tunisian President had decided on Wednesday evening to abolish the provisional body for the control of the constitutionality of bills, to legislate by presidential decrees and to exercise executive power with the help of a government, according to a press release from the Presidency of the Republic and the presidential decree n ° 2021-117 of September 22, 2021 published in the Official Journal of the Republic of Tunisia (JORT).
With these new measures, Kaïs Saïed thus reinforces his prerogatives to the detriment of Parliament and the government.
In a press release, the movement underlined that “the presidential decision de facto abrogates the Constitution of the Republic and imposes a temporary organization of powers, which demonstrates a clear desire to establish an authoritarian regime”.
“This is a coup d’état against democratic legitimacy and the principles of the Tunisian revolution,” Ennahdha added in his press release.
And the party of Islamic obedience to add “This unconstitutional approach raises the question of the legitimacy of power in the future, which threatens the unity of the Tunisian state and pushes it into a situation of high risks unprecedented in his history “.
The party expressed its “firm rejection of the maintenance of the state of emergency where President Kaïs Saïed has arrogated to himself the executive, legislative and judicial powers, without possibility of appeal, to impose unconstitutional choices and measures which repeal the legitimate political institutions in place, including the Parliament, the provisional body for the control of the constitutionality of bills and the National Body for the fight against corruption ”.
Ennahdha called “to defend the values of the Republic and democracy and to protect the country from the dangers of this presidential approach which accentuates societal division, threatens social peace and undermines national unity around the Constitution”.
“This unilateral step by the President cannot succeed in solving the economic and social problems (…) but will worsen them and establish a devastating international isolation for the country’s economy and its image abroad as a democratic model” , warned the movement.
Tunisia has been in the throes of a serious political crisis since the Head of State decided on July 25 to dismiss Head of Government Hichem Mechichi, freeze the powers of Parliament for a period of 30 days, and lift immunity deputies in the context of exceptional measures. Kaïs Saïed had also announced that he was assuming the executive power with the help of a government of which he will designate the head and proceeded in the following days to a series of dismissals of ministers and senior officials in the apparatus of the state.
The majority of parties rejected Saïed’s decisions, extended sine die on August 24. Some parties have qualified these decisions as a “coup d’état against the Constitution”, while other political parties have considered it as a “restoration of the process”, against the backdrop of political, economic and health crises (Covid- 19).
In recent days, several parties have announced their rejection of the repeal of the Constitution by Kaïs Saïed, warning against the return of tyranny and authoritarianism, after the 2011 revolution that overthrew the President’s regime. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1987-2011).
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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