Moncef Marzouki tells all Tunisians to rally on Sunday in defence of the structure, democracy, and nationwide sovereignty.
Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has known as on Tunisians to stage protests on Sunday in opposition to the ability seize by the nation’s president, Kais Saied.
“I call on all Tunisians to rally on Sunday in defence of the constitution, democracy, freedom and national sovereignty,” Marzouki stated in a video posted on his Facebook web page.
“Presence should be strong at this protest. I call on you all to put aside your political affiliations and take part,” he added. “I have never seen Tunisia in this state it is in today. It’s time to act.”
In July, the president plunged Tunisia right into a constitutional disaster by suspending the elected parliament, dismissing the prime minister and assuming govt authority.
Last month, he brushed apart a lot of the structure to say he might cross laws by decree, casting into doubt Tunisia’s democratic good points since its 2011 revolution that triggered the Arab Spring revolts.
While he insists his “exceptional measures” are supposed to “save” the nation, critics accuse him of orchestrating a coup.
‘Sovereignty can be returned’
Marzouki’s name got here as a protest motion generally known as Citizens Against Coup known as for demonstrations on Sunday in opposition to Saied’s move to regulate all elements of the state.
Marzouki steered the resignation of Saied and parliamentary Speaker Rached Ghannouchi and the conference of the meeting as a means out of the present political disaster in Tunisia.
“Free and transparent early elections can be held after a 45-day transitional period through which sovereignty can be returned to the people,” he stated.
The majority of events in Tunisia reject Saied’s energy seizure, with some accusing him of orchestrating a coup in opposition to the structure.
Other events, nonetheless, have supported Saied’s choices in mild of the political, financial, and well being crises the North African nation is going through.
Earlier this month, hundreds of supporters of Saied rallied within the capital to point out their backing for his suspension of parliament and guarantees to vary the political system.
The demonstration in central Tunis was known as in response to protests in opposition to Saied’s actions over the earlier two weekends in the identical location.
Saied’s intervention adopted years of financial stagnation and political paralysis, aggravated by an impoverishing lockdown final yr, a slow-starting vaccination marketing campaign and road protests.
Many Tunisians blame these ills on a corrupt, self-interested political elite, and so they see Saied, an impartial elected in 2019, as a champion for the folks.
Tunisia was beforehand seen as the one success story amongst Arab states of their efforts in direction of a democratic transition which witnessed common revolutions toppling ruling regimes, together with in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.