– The head of parliament rejects its dissolution of the president
While the Tunisian president on Wednesday announced the dissolution of the assembly, the parliamentary speaker rejected it on Thursday.
The head of the Tunisian parliament, Rached Ghannouchi, on Thursday rejected President Kaïs Saïed’s decision to dissolve the assembly, and said it would continue its activities to save, according to him, democracy in the country, the cradle of the Arab Spring. “We believe Parliament remains active,” Rached Ghannouchi said in an interview with AFP. Constitutionally, the president has no right to dissolve it. “
Wednesday, the President Saied announced the dissolution of Parliament, eight months after suspending it in order to assume full powers in July 2021. “This resolution is invalid and it is unconstitutional. It is a continuation of the decisions taken since July 25, which we rejected and considered a coup, “said Rached Ghannouchi, also the leader of the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party, the main parliamentary force and pet. President Saied.
Washington said Thursday it was “deeply concerned” about Tunisian President Kais Saied’s decision to dissolve parliament. “The United States is deeply concerned about the Tunisian president’s decision to unilaterally dissolve parliament and about reports that the Tunisian authorities are considering legal action against members of parliament,” the foreign ministry spokesman said. American Ned Price during a press conference.
“An early return to the Constitutional Government, including an elected parliament, is essential for democratic governance, and we will ensure (to provide) broad and sustained support for the reforms needed to help Tunisia’s economy return, ” he said. he adds.
After suspending parliament and dismissing the government in July, Kais Saïed dissolved the Supreme Judicial Council (CSM) in February, a measure described as a new authoritarian operation by his opponents, which raised concerns about the independence of justice.
In December, he unveiled a roadmap for pulling the country out of the crisis with elections scheduled for the end of 2022, as well as a referendum on constitutional changes in July, but a popular online consultation he launched to gather proposals is large been rejected by Tunisians.
“The president went on to freeze parliament and then to its dissolution, he wants to rule alone, which is tantamount to destroying the principle of separation of powers,” Rached Ghannouchi said. “The decision to dissolve parliament threatens coexistence” in Tunisia, he added. Kaïs Saïed announced the dissolution of the hall a few hours after the holding of a virtual meeting of 120 deputies at the request of a governing body of parliament, which defied the suspension decided in July.
During this plenary session, 116 deputies voted to annul the extraordinary measures taken by Kaïs Saïed, who they say are blocking the democratic process and establishing authoritarian power in the country, which had set in motion the Arab Spring by chasing former Tunisian dictator Zine el- Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.
Deputies, including elected members of Ennahdha and independents, also called for early legislative and presidential elections to get out of the political and socio-economic crisis.
Kaïs Saïed described the meeting as a “coup attempt that failed”. He accused the participants of “conspiring against state security” and asked Justice Minister Leïla Jaffel to take legal action against them. “These are interpretations used by those who defend individualistic power and a return to dictatorship, but in reality yesterday’s assembly is legitimate,” Rached Ghannouchi defended.
A judicial inquiry was opened Thursday against the deputies who attended the online session, the Justice Department told AFP. More than 30 deputies received a call Thursday from the anti-terror brigade, Rached Ghannouchi told AFP. “Treating elected lawmakers like terrorists is dangerous,” he said.
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