Tunisia is living in a constitutional and political crisis after President Qais Said rejected a cabinet reshuffle, which was approved by Parliament due to what he considered to be violations marred by the amendment procedures
The Tunisian General Labor Union – the largest trade union in Tunisia – revealed that the Presidency of the Republic is calling for the departure of the entire government of Hisham El Mechichi, not only the ministers who are suspected of corruption, and this comes as the Ennahda Movement and other parties prepare for a large demonstration in defense of the democratic path and the constitution.
In radio statements made on Monday, the Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labor Union, Noureddine Taboubi, said that the union presented an initiative for dialogue between the presidency and the government under the supervision of the Speaker of Parliament and the former interim president of the republic, Mohamed Nasser, but President Qais Saeed has not responded to the proposal yet.
On Saturday, Parliament Speaker Rashid Ghannouchi sent a letter to Saeed, which included an initiative to hold a meeting between the heads of state, parliament and government to solve the swearing-in crisis.
Prior to that, al-Mushechy called on President Saeed to set a date for the new ministers to take the oath before him, but Saeed adhered to his position, as he considers that the ministerial reshuffle was marred by constitutional breaches, as well as suspicions of conflict of interest and corruption, which he believed revolved around 4 out of 11 ministers appointed by al-Mushechy within the framework of Cabinet reshuffle.
The Tunisian Prime Minister rejected calls from some of the parties supporting President Qais Saeed to resign, and stressed that he will continue to carry out his duties, indicating that he will find appropriate legal ways to overcome the problem of the ministerial reshuffle.
About a month ago, parliament approved the amendment by a large majority, and government sources say that the Tunisian president did not provide any evidence regarding the alleged corruption suspicions about the four ministers.
In exchange for the president’s adherence to his position, the parties supporting the government, led by the Ennahda Movement (54 out of 217 in Parliament) and Heart of Tunisia (30), say that the president of the state has no right under the constitution to refuse to receive ministers approved by Parliament to take the oath before him. .
Tensions and Marches
The crisis over the swearing-in increased the level of political tension in Tunisia, amid accusations from the parties supporting the government of President Qais Saeed of seeking to undermine the democratic process.
As a result of these tensions, parties supporting the government and the opposition have taken to the streets to protest.
Hundreds of supporters of the leader of the opposition Free Constitutional Party (16 seats), Abeer Moussa, demonstrated yesterday in the coastal city of Sousse (east).
Moussa said that the current political crisis is a “bone-breaking” battle between the heads of state and parliament.
For its part, the Office of Structuring and Organization of the Ennahda Movement held a meeting yesterday, during which it discussed the ongoing preparations for the demonstration that the movement and other parties will organize next Saturday in the Tunisian capital, in defense of the democratic path and the constitution.
The movement called on its branches in the governorates to make the demonstration that it called the National March to succeed.