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Ghannouchi: I fought against Bourguiba and Ben Ali, I am ready to resist Saied

(COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on July 26, 2021 shows Tunisian President Kais Saied (L) at an electoral campaign tour in the capital Tunis on September 10, 2019 and Ennahdha Islamist Party founder Rached Ghannouchi addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 24, 2014. - Clashes erupted outside Tunisia's parliament on July 26, 2021, hours after Saied ousted the prime minister and suspended the legislature, plunging the young democracy into a constitutional crisis. The move comes after a prolonged period of deadlock between the president, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and Ennahdha chief Rached Ghannouchi, which has crippled management of a coronavirus crisis that has seen deaths surge to among the highest per capita rates in the world. (Photos by FETHI BELAID and Eric PIERMONT / AFP) (Photo by FETHI BELAID,ERIC PIERMONT/AFP via Getty Images)
This combination of file pictures created on July 26, 2021 shows Tunisian President Kais Saied (L) at an electoral campaign tour in the capital Tunis on September 10, 2019 and Ennahdha Islamist Party founder Rached Ghannouchi addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 24, 2014 [FETHI BELAID, ERIC PIERMONT/AFP via Getty Images]

The Speaker of the Tunisian Parliament, Rached Ghannouchi, welcomed the meeting of various political and intellectual parties to resist the "unconstitutional measures" taken by President Kais Saied.

During his visit on Tuesday evening to the headquarters of the hunger strike organised by Citizens Against the Coup, Ghannouchi said: "I carried out hunger strikes during the regimes of [Habib] Bourguiba and [Zine El Abidine] Ben Ali, and it seems that I will put myself at your disposal, and I am ready to start the hunger strike from now [against President Saied] because it is noble action and the country needs it."

"Saied wants to restore failed experiments, to rule without parties and with one vote, and to assume power and manage it as he pleases. The country is facing the danger of tyranny and the mentality of exclusion."

Ghannouchi stressed "the importance of political and societal action to oppose all the unconstitutional and undemocratic measures taken on July 25th."

He warned that "after more than ten years since the revolution, some still think about excluding one group or another, forgetting that Tunisia is like a ship that sails with all its passengers."

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Adding that no one has the right to repeat the dictatorship that the country experienced for half a century.

Saied has held nearly total power since 25 July when he sacked the prime minister, suspended parliament and assumed executive authority citing a national emergency.

He appointed a prime minister on 29 September and a government has since been formed.

The majority of the country's political parties slammed the move as a "coup against the constitution" and the achievements of the 2011 revolution. Critics say Saied's decisions have strengthened the powers of the presidency at the expense of parliament and the government, and that he aims to transform the country's government into a presidential system.

On more than one occasion, Saied, who began a five-year presidential term in 2019, said that his exceptional decisions are not a coup, but rather measures within the framework of the constitution to protect the state from "imminent danger".

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