Tunisha’s Prime minister Hichem Mechichi dismissed and President Kais Saomied suspended parliament late Sunday, prompting the country’s biggest political party to decry a “coup d’etat”. A decade on from Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, held up as the sole success story of the Arab spring comes despite presidential powers being largely confined to security and diplomacy under a constitution that elevated a parliamentary democracy. It also comes after a long period of deadlock between the president, legislature, and prime minister which has destroyed management of a coronavirus crisis that has been registered the highest rate per capita in the world.
Saied announced parliament’s suspension where they emerged a meeting at his palace and hundreds took to the streets of the capital in celebration, filling the air with the sound of car horns and fireworks. AFP told that finally some good decisions, Maher is celebrating in Tunis’ northwest in defiance of a coronavirus curfew. Before Saeid made an announcement, thousands of Tunisians has marched in several cities protesting
against the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha, criticising the largest party in Tunisia’s fractious government for failures in tackling the pandemic. The party has most of teh seats in Tunisia’s parliament, was swift to rebuke the president. It is a coup d’etat against the evolution and against the constitution the party also countered in a statement on Facebook, warn that it’s members “will defend the revolution”. Party leader Rached Gannouchi who is also speaker of the legislature was blocked from the several lawmakers from entering parliament by
soldiers, according to a video on Ennahdha’s Facebook page. Mechichi is the prime minister who has not responded to hus sacking on Sunday night. Saied was elected president on 2019 and he has been locked in a showdown with Mechichi and Ghannouchi, a rivalry that has blocked ministerial appointments and diverted resources from tackling Tunisia’s many economic and social problems. He said that we are navigating the most delicate moments in the history of Tunisia. He also said the constitution didn’t allowed for the
dissolution of parliament and didn’t allowed him to suspend it. In a later Facebook post, he also explained that the suspension would be for 30 days. He said that I have taken the decision which are required to save Tunisia, the state and the Tunisian people. Saied said that he would take over executive power with the help of government, whose new chief will be appointed by the president himself. He also said that parliamentary immunity would be lifted for deputies. To know more about this article stay connected to us.