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Tunisia Ennahda says it and other parties responsibility for current crisis

Rached Ghannouchi, Tunisian parliament speaker and the head of the Ennahda Movement in Tunis, Tunisia on 12 January 2021 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]
Rached Ghannouchi, Tunisian parliament speaker and the head of the Ennahda Movement in Tunis, Tunisia on 12 January 2021 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

The Tunisian Ennahda reiterated its responsibility for the ongoing situation along with the parties that participated in ruling the country.

In a statement issued by the movement following a meeting of its Executive Office supervised by Ennahda chair Rached Ghannouchi, the party confirmed that it understands people's anger and stressed its readiness "to conduct a serious and objective evaluation and a deep revision during its next general conference in order to renew visions and plans and open new horizons for young people to develop the movement."

On 25 July, President Kais Saied announced that he was freezing the work of Parliament, headed by Ghannouchi, for 30 days, suspending deputies' immunity, and dismissing Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi. He then took over the executive power saying he would appoint a new PM, however to date none has been named. Later, Saied dismissed a number of state officials and appointed others in their place.

The Tunisian presidency declared last week that Saied "issued a presidential order to extend, until further notice, the exceptional measures taken under Presidential Order No. 80 of 2021 related to suspending the activities of the Assembly of the People's Representatives and lifting the parliamentary immunity of all its members."

The majority of parties, including Ennahda, rejected the measures, with some considering them a "coup against the constitution".

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