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Ex-Tunisia president calls for unity against president if the constitution is violated

Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki speaks during an exclusive interview in Tunis, Tunisia on September 01, 2019 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]
Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki in Tunis, Tunisia on September 1, 2019 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki called on those who believe in democracy in the country to put aside their differences and come together to stand against "dictatorship" if the constitution is suspended.

In statements to Anadolu, Marzouki said: "So far, President Kais Saied confirms that he is acting according to the constitution and that he still adheres to it."

"If [President Saied] officially declares what his adviser is paving the way for," in reference to plans to suspend the constitution, "he will have broken the oath he took on the Qur'an to protect this constitution."

"If this is done, there will be nothing left for democrats, whether secular or Islamist, but to leave their differences aside and to stand in the way of the return of dictatorship."

Tunisia's political system likely to change: President's advisor talks about a possible referendum

More than six weeks after Saied seized governing powers, dismissed the prime minister and suspended parliament on July 25, he has still not appointed a new government or made any broader declaration of his long-term intentions.

In a televised interview on Thursday, Saied's adviser Walid Hajjam hinted at the possibility of suspending the work of the constitution, saying: "The political system established in 2014 constitution is no longer feasible."

"This system cannot continue … changing the system means changing the constitution through a referendum, perhaps … the referendum requires logistical preparation," he explained.

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