Tunisian President Kais Saied said on Thursday he was working non-stop on a timetable for reforming the political system in a way that responds to the demands of Tunisians.
“We are working day and night to set a timetable for reforming the political system in a way that responds to the demands of Tunisians,” Saied said during a meeting with his appointed government.
The reforms are intended to defuse growing criticism at home and abroad since he dismissed the cabinet, suspended parliament and took personal power four months ago.
In July, Saied seized nearly all powers in a move his critics called a coup, before installing a new prime minister and announcing he would rule by decree.
Defending his actions, Saied said the takeover was the only way to end governmental paralysis after years of political squabbling and economic stagnation. He has promised to uphold rights and freedoms won in the 2011 revolution.
The president did not specify when he will present the action plan despite mounting pressure for a roadmap to end a state of emergency and return to parliamentary democracy.
Thousands of Tunisians have been protesting across the country, demanding he reinstate the assembly, while major foreign donors have urged him to return to a normal constitutional order.