While the Tunisian president has decided to extend his exceptional powers “for the time being”, according to the terms of his press release on Monday evening, a debate is ongoing in Tunisia. Now that Parliament is frozen indefinitely, what will be the fate of the 2014 Constitution? Should the country adopt a new basic text?
as reported from Tunis, Samira Souilem
Adopted with ululations at that time, it is now doomed to complain. The 2014 constitution – the first in the democratic era in Tunisia – is accused of leading the country into a political stalemate. Salwa Hamrouni, professor of constitutional law, explains why. : “The text suffers from a congenital handicap, it is that there was this clear desire to behead the president. By just wanting to avoid the presidential regime, we gave the congregation too much power without responsibility. “A church was now frozen indefinitely.
Therefore, in order to avoid encountering the same blockages again, the question of a constitutional review arises in Tunisia, a process that may take some time. “What is needed for a review is a congregation with a different political face that accepts the idea of the revision and first decides to elect the members of the Constitutional Court so that the president himself does it and the Judiciary does it. By then, the audit will be conceivable “, Salwa Hamrouni continues.
Several parties now demand that early team elections be held. President Kaïs Saïed, who will speak in the coming days, may put an end to the tensions that are beginning to take hold in the country.