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Analysis: Tunisia... What Shall Happen Next?


Tue 27 Jul 2021 | 01:48 PM

Following Tunisian brave decisions issued by President Kais Saied, everyone awaits the outcomes and concerns about the consequences.

The dismissal of the cabinet headed by Hichem Mechichi, suspension of the Assembly of the People's Representatives, and lifting the MPs’ immunity are brave 

Observers expect the president to speed up announcing the date of the upcoming legislative elections, as well as naming the new prime minister, while the army has declared a state of alert to protect state institutions against any riots.

Saied’s decisions were responding to the requests of broad segments and groups of the Tunisian people for the necessity of the departure of the government that has seized the power since 2011. 

After the decisions taken on Sunday evening, the President will, as he previously announced, appoint a new prime minister, who will choose the members of the government. 

There is no doubt that the members of the government will enjoy sufficient competencies, not those who have a partisan affiliation while taking care to secure the country and prevent it from falling into chaos.

The Tunisian media expects that President Saied will submit the corruption files to the judiciary as quickly as necessary to resolve them, knowing that fighting corruption and holding the corrupt accountable was and still is a popular demand.

On the other hand, the Brotherhood's Ennahda Movement will certainly try to take to the street, which is what actually happened, as some of its supporters arrived at the parliament headquarters under the pretext of protecting legitimacy.

Ennahda will try to drag the country into chaos and violence.

The Tunisian President has implemented Article 80 of the constitution, and what is happening is not a coup as promoted by the leaders of the Ennahda movement.

The constitution grants the President of the Republic the right to take appropriate decisions to protect the country in case of emergency and exposing its institutions to collapse. Hence, it was implemented at the request of the Tunisian people, who rallied in the streets demanding the President to take what is necessary to protect the country.

Later, Saied’s decisions were met with great public joy and celebration by the citizens.

At the moment, Tunisia is waiting for more measures after the decision to suspend parliament and lift the immunity of its deputies, which will include holding the corrupt accountable and punishing the beneficiaries who stole the people's money and corrupted political life.

Brotherhood leaders are the ones who drew up Article 80 of the Tunisian constitution, which the president based his decisions on.

After mass demonstrations that took place in the country last week, protesting against the deteriorating health, economic and social conditions, and the continued practices of Ennahda in corrupting institutions, penetrating the judiciary and exercising violence against opponents, Saied announced a number of exceptional decisions.

In a speech after an emergency meeting with security and military leaders, the Tunisian President said: "We will not be silent on anyone who insults the state and its symbols, and whoever shoots a single bullet will be fired by the army with a barrage of bullets."