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Tunisia’s Ennahda rejects forming 'de facto government'

October 15, 2021 at 8:41 am

President of Tunisia Kais Saied (C) and the new government pose for a photo after the swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace of Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia on 11 October 2021. [Tunisian Presidency – Anadolu Agency]

Tunisia’s Ennahda movement yesterday slammed what it called a “de facto government led by Bouden.”

In an official statement, the movement said that the formation of the Bouden government was “violating the Tunisian constitutional procedures.”

“Losing government legitimacy will exacerbate the challenges and obstacles facing the government in dealing with national affairs and international partners,” the statement read.

Ennahda pointed out that such action would “divide the Tunisian people, fuel conflict and undermine national unity.”

The statement noted that the movement rejected the “suspension of the constitution and government institutions.”

The political movement warned of what it described as the “danger of continuing to pressure the judiciary,” calling for “respecting judicial independence so it could carry out its duties in protecting rights and freedoms.”

On 25 July, Tunisian President Kais Saied cited Article 80 of the constitution to dismiss Prime Minister Hicham Mechichi, freeze the work of parliament for 30 days, lift the immunity of ministers, and appoint himself as head of the executive authority until the formation of a new government.

This comes after violent protests broke out in several Tunisian cities criticising the government’s handling of the economy and the coronavirus. Demonstrators had called for parliament to be dissolved.

The majority of the country’s political parties slammed the move as a “coup against the constitution” and the achievements of the 2011 revolution.

Saied appointed a new prime minister on 29 September, more than two months after the coup.

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