Tunisian President Kais Saied recently declared that he would come back to the people and give them the opportunity to decide, suggesting a few scenarios, including holding a referendum or early elections to reshuffle the cards between political parties and who could exclude Ennahda …
Tunisian President Kais Saied has not yet announced his strategy to end the crisis, nor explained to the people the reasons for his sudden seizure of power, by expelling the Prime Minister and freezing the activities of Parliament. While Tunisians are impatient to know what their president has in store for them, it seems that the latter is preparing to shake up the political life of the country.
One month after the freezing of the ARP (the Tunisian Parliament), the dismissal of Hichem Mechichi and the activation of article 80 which allows him to regain power, at a time when the Tunisian president is in fact devoid of powers, Kais Saied is preparing his counter-attack, but has not yet explained his approach to the Tunisian people.
The Tunisians who welcomed the news with joy and as a deliverance in the face of the situation of political blockage, economic and social crisis, coupled with a health crisis that brought the health system to its knees, are now starting to worry .
President Kais Saied promised this week to clarify his intentions and explain why he resorted to the activation of Article 80 of the Constitution, which has earned him strong international criticism. But if he has remained silent so far, a sentence uttered during a meeting put the chip in the ears of observers of the Tunisian political scene.
Kais Saied, who is deeply attached to the Constitution, said he will come back to the people, saying he is the source of power and that he will give them the opportunity to decide.
This sentence, pronounced in front of the chairmen, foreshadows some scenarios, including the holding of a referendum or early elections to reshuffle the cards between the political parties and which could exclude Ennahda, an Islamist-inspired party which is taking the Tunisian political landscape hostage. since the last electoral deadlines.
The Tunisian president could also embark on the amendment of the Constitution, and probably endow himself with more decision-making powers and not only consultative, which seems to be his Achilles heel given that he presented himself as a ‘independent and not supported by a party.
The Tunisian press seems to share this possibility and believes that Kais Saied must certainly dissolve Parliament, amend or draft a new Constitution and put it to a referendum, in addition to new legislative elections.
For his part, the head of Ennahda, Rached Ghannouchi, who sensed that all these movements of the president were not going to do him a favor, quickly began to play his cards in order to keep his predominant place on the political spectrum.
Rached Ghannouchi did not wait long to dismiss all members of his party’s executive board in view of a restructuring of the board. The latter did not explain his intention behind this sudden announcement.
Ennahda merely indicated that this restructuring is taking place within the framework of the general orientation will aim to achieve the efficiency required by the party. But some observers are counting on a change of head at the party level to try to forget the personality of Rached Ghannouchi, even if for the moment no candidate has come forward to succeed him.
In the meantime, Rached Ghannouchi began a series of meetings with representatives of foreign embassies in Tunis and initiated a parliamentary day in the presence of an American delegation.
The president of the PDL, Abir Moussi, immediately denounced this scheme of Rached Ghannouchi, explaining that such a meeting should not take place in principle since the activities of the Parliament are frozen.
The party leader affirmed that this day organized by Ennahda, is the result of one of evenings of coordination and secret meeting with the representatives of the foreign embassies accredited in Tunisia and that the goal is to carry out a campaign of pressure and lobbying international targeting Kais Saied to restore the functioning of Parliament and allow Ennahda to resume service.