Seven weeks after President Kais Saied seized powers in moves his foes called a coup, he has indicated he was preparing to change Tunisia’s constitution, but only using existing constitutional means.
One of Saied’s advisers had on Thursday, disclosed the president was planning to suspend the constitution and offer an amended version via a referendum.
This prompted opposition from political parties and the powerful UGTT labour union. They called for new parliamentary elections instead.
Speaking live on television in a central Tunis boulevard, Saied said he respected the 2014 democratic constitution but that it was not eternal and could be amended.
“Amendments must be made within the framework of the constitution,” he told the Sky News Arabia channel and Tunisian state television.
Saied also said on Saturday, he was close to naming a new government.
Delegation from the G7 nations last week urged him to quickly do so and return to “a constitutional order, in which an elected parliament plays a significant role.”