Tunisia. Ennahda leader Ghannouchi denounces the state of “tyranny” | Politics News
Rached Ghannouchi says his party and allies will continue to work against the “coup” and attacks on the constitution.
The speaker of Tunisia’s dissolved parliament said the country was living under a state of tyranny as President Kais Saied forged ahead with plans for a contentious referendum on replacing the constitution.
Tunisia has been embroiled in a political crisis since Saied seized sweeping powers last year in what opponents denounce as a coup.
On July 25, Saied dismissed the government and suspended parliament, which he then dissolved in moves that raised fears as the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings.
He also took control of the judiciary and summarily sacked 57 judges on Thursday, accusing them of corruption and other crimes.
Rached Ghannouchi, speaker of the dissolved parliament and chairman of the Ennahda party, said the country was experiencing tyranny.
“The end of tyranny is not far away,” Ghannouchi said at a press conference held on Sunday by his movement and other allied political parties.
Ghannouchi stressed that Ennahda, together with its allies, will continue to work to “reverse the coup and the resulting decrees which represented a coup against the constitution”.
He also denounced the targeting of the Tunisian president of justice, stressing that the dissolution of the Superior Council of the Judiciary was an “absurdity” and noting that such a decision had not taken place under the regime of the late President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, overthrown in the 2011 uprising.
Protests erupted on Saturday against a referendum scheduled for July on replacing a 2014 constitution that enshrined a mixed parliamentary-presidential system often plagued by deadlock and nepotism.
The draft of the new constitution, which must be submitted to the public by a simple yes/no vote, has not yet been published.
Meanwhile, representatives of a number of international organizations expressed their full solidarity with the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) and voiced their opposition to what they see as a campaign targeting the group.
Members of Reporters Without Borders, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, the World Organization Against Torture and the International Commission of Jurists met Noureddine Taboubi, Secretary General of the UGTT.
On Friday, Taboubi said the presidential decree on the constitutional referendum is “not binding” on the union.
“The union will not be present in the national dialogue until there are balance sheets capable of making this political discussion of the options and the situation in the country a success,” he said.