The speaker of Tunisia’s parliament Rached Ghannouchi has called for “peaceful struggle” against a return to “absolute one-man rule.
On Wednesday, President Kais Saied declared he will rule by decree and ignore parts of the country’s constitution as he prepares to change the political system and to hang on to the exceptional powers that he seized in July, throwing the country’s young democracy into question.
He also ordered the suspension of parliament.
Ghannouchi decribed the situation as “a step back, a decade after Tunisia’s 2011 revolution.
“It’s a step backwards. A return to the 1959 constitution. A return to the absolute power of one man against which the revolution took place.”
“There is no longer any alternative to struggle, naturally a peaceful struggle, because we are a civil movement. The Tunisian people are against violence. We hope that Ennahdha, the other parties and the civil society will fight to recover their constitution and their democracy.”