Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi slammed the Tunisian President's decisions and refering to it as a “coup”.
On Sunday, Saied dismissed the government, froze parliament, and assumed the executive authority with the assistance of a new prime minister.
“This is a coup against the revolution and the constitution,” Ghannouchi, the leader of the moderate Islamist Ennahda movement, said in a statement.
In response to Tunisian President Kais Saied’s decision to freeze parliament and assume executive powers, Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi accused him of launching "a coup against the constitution and the revolution" pic.twitter.com/o90Kdcb8Uf— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) July 25, 2021
“The Tunisian people will defend the revolution,” he added.
Ghannouchi described Saied’s decisions as “wrong” and “will drag Tunisia and its people into darkness and one-man rule”.
He denied claims by the Tunisian president that he had consulted the parliament speaker before taking his decisions.
“President Saied only consulted me regarding taking emergency procedures, but he did not inform us of his decision in advance,” he said Sunday evening.
He stressed that he considers “the parliament in session and the government still standing”, going on to call on the parliament members “to remain steadfast and defend their legitimacy in the face of the invalid measures taken by the head of state."
Ghannouchi went on to call on the Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), Noureddine Taboubi, “to restore democracy," and called on the rest of the national organizations "to defend legitimacy."
The Ennahda leader said that he is on permanent contact with Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi following Sunday’s decisions by the Tunisian president.
TUNISIA:— Arwa Ibrahim (@arwaib) July 25, 2021
⭕️President Kais Saied announces suspension of parliament & dismissal of PM Hicham Mechichi after wide protests
⭕️Saied says he'll assume executive authority w/ new PM
⭕️Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi accuses Saied of launching 'coup ag revolution & constitution'
In his Sunday’s speech, Saied said he will lift the immunity of all members of parliament and assume the role of the public prosecutor. He said he has taken these decisions after consulting Mechichi and Ghannouchi.
Tunisia has seen popular protests against both the government and the opposition in recent weeks, amid a months-long political crisis in the North African country.
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