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Tunisia – “Free Destourien Party”: “the last presidential decree consecrates the autocratic drift of power”


AA / Tunis

The Free Destourien Party (PDL) denounced on Saturday the content of the recent presidential decree of Kaïs Saïed, believing that it “consecrates the autocratic drift of power and undermines the foundations of the Republic”.

This is what emerges from the statement released by the party chaired by the elected representative of the Assembly of People’s Representatives, Abir Moussi.

Moussi had always supported Saïed and opposed the movement of Islamic obedience “Ennahdha”, the majority in Parliament.

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, while political formations and parties affirm that Saïed aims – through the new provisions – to repeal the Constitution and to tip the scales in favor of the presidential system to the detriment of the parliamentary system provided for by the Constitution of 2014.

According to the press release consulted by the correspondent of the Anadolu Agency, the PDL declared that it categorically rejects the said presidential decree and “denounces its content which ipso facto consecrates the autocratic drift of power, undermines the foundations of the Republic and establishes a regime plebiscite policy ”.

The party condemned “the instrumentalization by the President of the Republic of the popular jubilation on the evening of July 25 which stemmed from the conviction of Tunisians that the exceptional measures were aimed at putting an end to the reign of the Muslim Brotherhood (in reference to the movement Ennahdha), to fight against corruption and improve the living conditions of the population ”.

The PDL added that Saïed “used popular support to strengthen his grip on all cogs of power and legitimize exceptional measures in order to carry out his personal political program”.

The political formation of Abir Moussi imputed “to the President of the Republic the legal, political and historical responsibility for having given a precious opportunity to the Muslim Brotherhood to take on the role of victims of the coup d’état and protectors of democracy” .

The party urged “the President of the Republic to make the general interest of the country prevail, to reverse his arbitrary decisions, to pull the rug from under the feet of the supporters of foreign interference in internal affairs, and to renounce the criterion of absolute loyalty in the choice of the Prime Minister and members of the government.

The PDL called on Kaïs Saïed “to accelerate the formation of a government of competences, which would be able to face the economic and financial problems and to open the files related to national security, in particular to terrorism”.

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).

* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail

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