Tunisia Party Says President's Power Grab Risks 'dismantling State'
Sumaira FH 27 days ago Wed 22nd September 2021 | 01:50 AM
Tunis, Sept 21 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Sep, 2021 ) :Tunisia's Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party said Tuesday that President Kais Saied's recent measures to extend his powers risked setting in motion the "dismantling" of the state.
On Monday, he said he would appoint a prime minister, but that the emergency measures unveiled nearly two months ago would remain in place.
Ennahdha, Saied's arch-foe, formed the largest bloc in parliament before the president's shock move.
"The maintenance of the exceptional measures indefinitely, along with the absence of a legitimate government and the suspension of the elected parliament threaten to lead to the dismantling of the state," Ennahdha said in a statement.
Such factors also risk "exacerbating the economic, financial and social" crisis currently besetting the country, the party added.
The president also said he would put forward a new electoral law, without elaborating on what it would entail.
Saied's desired "transitional measures" amount to a "determination to repeal the constitution that Tunisians unanimously adopted", Ennahdha added.
Tunisia has won praise for that transition but latterly, many citizens feel their quality of life has worsened in the face of grinding economic, social and political crises, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Many took to the streets on July 25 in support of Saied's moves.
But rights groups have warned that measures including military trials of some of the president's opponents reflect a worrying trend back towards authoritarianism.