Tunisian President Kais Saied has dissolved Parliament and has dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi. This is a move, which is being said by the opponents it is an attack on the democracy of Tunisia. However, other people appreciated this step and celebrated on the streets. Actually, there was a violent demonstration in many cities about the failure of the government in dealing with Coronavirus pandemic and not properly operating the economy.
President Kais Saied said on Sunday that he will take executive rights with the help of a new Prime Minister. This is the biggest challenge for the constitution made in 2014, which divides the powers between President, Prime Minister and Parliament. In a statement to the government media, the President said that many people were betrayed by the robbers, betrayal and robbery of the rights of the people. I warn all those people who are planning to pick weapons. Anyone who shoots, armed force will respond with bullets. He also dissolved Parliament and stressed that his step is under the purview of the Constitution.
Anger of people against the biggest party of Parliament
After marching in many cities by thousands of Tunisian people, the statement was given by the President after an emergency meeting in the President’s palace. During the protest, people’s anger was concentrated on the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, which is the largest party in Parliament. The Speaker Rached Ghannouchi of Tunisian Parliament accused President Saied of a coup against the revolution and the constitution. The chief of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, Ghannouchi said that we believe that the institutions are still standing and will protect the pro-revolution of the Ennahda party and Tunisian people.
Local journalists say that these steps are not surprising at all, because the President had already threatened to dissolve Parliament and to sack the Prime Minister. Since last September, a political crisis in Tunisia continues. At the same time, a wave of happiness ran into protesters after the steps taken by the President on Sunday. The protesters also called for social and economic reforms. Economic crisis continues in Tunisia, the Coronavirus has also raised health crisis. More than 18 thousand people have died due to Coronavirus in Tunisia.