Ennahda criticizes the exclusion of parties from Tunisia

The Ennahda movement criticized a decree issued by President Kais Saied, which excludes political parties from drafting Tunisia’s new constitution.

On Friday, Saied appointed law professor Sadik Belaid to chair an advisory committee to draft a new constitution.

Belaid will coordinate between two other advisory panels with the task of submitting proposals for the preparation of the country’s new constitution. The two panels consist of deans of law and six national organizations, including the powerful UGTT Labor Union.

According to the decree, the two panels will prepare a constitution “that responds to the ambitions of the people and guarantees the principles of justice and freedom in a true democratic system.”

In a statement, Ennahda called Saied’s move “a complete departure from constitutional legitimacy and the inauguration of the July 25 coup and one-man rule.”

In January, Saied launched an online survey aimed at “improving citizens’ participation in the democratic transition process”. He also plans to hold a referendum in July on the design of the country’s political system.

Ennahda said a referendum planned by the Tunisian president “lacks legitimacy and credibility”, citing the dissolution of the country’s electoral commission and the appointment of new members of the Saied.

Ennahda called on Tunisia’s political parties “to unite efforts to restore democracy and save the country from the dangers of economic collapse.”

Tunisia has been in a deep political crisis since July 25, 2021, when Saied ousted the government, shut down parliament and took over the executive branch, in a move condemned by opponents as a “coup”. He later dissolved parliament in March after lawmakers held a session to revoke his actions.

The North African country is also going through a serious economic crisis that is exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic in the middle of the ongoing Russian war against Ukraine.

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