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Tunisia / Ennahdha movement: “Aloui’s arrest aims to prevent the meeting of the ARP office”

AA / Tunis

The Tunisian movement “Ennahdha” estimated that the arrest of deputy Abdellatif Aloui, Sunday, aims to prevent the quorum for the meeting of the office of the Parliament, whose work has been suspended since July 25.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Aloui, a member of the “Al-karama Coalition” (18 deputies out of 217), said: “A unit from El Gorjani (a security center) raided my home for me. stop “

Ennahdha, who has the largest parliamentary bloc with 53 MPs, said in a statement that a security unit raided the homes of MP Abdellatif Aloui and journalist Ameur Ayed, before arresting them and intimidating their families. The two were taken into custody, pending the findings of a military investigation.

The Ennahdha Movement expressed its refusal to bring civilians before military courts, considering that this violated the right to a fair trial and constitutional guarantees.

And to underline “the need to respect the independence of the judiciary”, while warning against “any attempt to circumvent this democratic achievement by presenting the detainees to military justice, which constitutes a clear violation of the law and confirms that the opponents and competitors are targeted and persecuted, something that reminds Tunisians of the era of dictatorship, injustice and the withdrawal of all political gains and rights “.

In the same statement, Ennahdha expressed his “fear that the arrest of Deputy Abdellatif Aloui is aimed at preventing the quorum for the meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly of People’s Representatives (the highest body of parliament), and to further attack the parliament, its legislative role and its supervisory authority defined by the constitution “.

The Bureau of Parliament comprises 13 members, including the President and his two vice-presidents, and its meeting is only valid in the presence of two-thirds of its members. The Speaker of Parliament is Rached Ghannouchi, president of the Ennahdha movement.

Last Friday, the Assembly of the Representatives of the People (ARP / Parliament) announced the start of the new parliamentary session, and its rejection of the exceptional measures of President Kaïs Saïed, in particular the freezing of the powers of the legislative institution.

Kaïs Saïed announced, on July 25, “exceptional measures”, including the dismissal of the Head of Government, Hichem Mechichi, the suspension of the prerogatives of Parliament, the abrogation of the Body for the control of the constitutionality of laws . The Head of State has seized the executive power and legislates by decree.

While the majority of Tunisian political forces were opposed to Saïed’s measures, considering them to be a “coup against the Constitution”, other parties are in favor, calling them “necessary to defuse the triangle of destruction, at the origin of the torpedoing of the revolution, consisting of corruption, terrorism and smuggling ”.

Saïed had repeatedly sent reassuring messages inside and outside the country, in which he affirmed that he “does not plan to establish a dictatorial regime in Tunisia” or “to undermine rights and freedoms ”, but that it aims to“ reform the situation after having noted the existence of an imminent danger threatening the Tunisian state ”.

* Translated from Arabic by Hend Abdessamad

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