The former Tunisian president, Moncef Marzouki, called on what he called “Tunisian democrats” to put aside their differences to stand in the way of the return of “dictatorship,” if the constitution is suspended.
Al-Marzouki said: “So far, President Qais Saeed confirms that he is moving from within the constitution, and that he is still adhering to it, denying the character of the coup of what he did on July 25,” referring to the exceptional decisions that topped the suspension of Parliament and the dismissal of Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashishi.
Moncef Marzouki talks about the decisions of Qais Saeed
He continued: “If (President Saeed) officially announces what his advisor is preparing for him (in reference to hints of suspending the constitution), he will have broken his oath on the Qur’an to protect this constitution.”
He continued, “If this is done, there will be no choice left for democrats, whether secular or Islamist, but to leave their differences aside to stand in the way of the return of dictatorship.”
Qais Saeed’s advisor defends the coup decisions
In a televised interview, Thursday, with Sky News Arabia (broadcasting from Abu Dhabi), Walid Al-Hajjam, advisor to the Tunisian president, hinted at the possibility of suspending the constitution, saying: “In the 2014 constitution, a political system was established that is no longer feasible.”
Al-Hajjam pointed out that “the system will be presidential and not presidential from which Tunisia previously suffered,” in reference to the rule of the regime of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown by the January 2011 revolution.
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On the existence of an official interaction with the road map that he presented on Tuesday to get out of the crisis, Al-Marzouki said: “Unfortunately, no interaction took place.”
And on Tuesday, Marzouki presented, during an interview with the Qatari “Al-Jazeera” channel, a road map that is summarized in the return of the government in the first place, and then the return of Parliament to work, but “within a concession made by the Ennahda movement through the abandonment of its President Rashid Ghannouchi from the presidency of the House of Representatives.”
Regarding what observers see as the absence of any actual defense of the constitution and democracy in Tunisia, Marzouki said: “At the present time, everything depends on disclosure after a long hint.”
He continued: “When the president comes out of his thumb to announce what he really wants, all forces will move, and I think that the democratic forces will have to call for a peaceful demonstration against the continuation of the coup and the assassination of democracy.”
In response to a question about the foreign diplomatic movement that Tunisia is witnessing following Said’s decisions, Marzouki saw that “one of the results of the coup is the division of Tunisians and the increase in their economic suffering, and the exacerbation of the interference of friends and enemies in a matter that could have remained internally if the current president had searched for solutions from within the constitution and in framework of consultations with political parties.
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The former Tunisian president explained that “internationalization is taking place and it will only make matters worse.”
And on Monday, the ambassadors of the Group of Seven countries in Tunisia (the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Japan, Italy and Canada), in a joint statement, called on President Kais Saied to “appoint a new prime minister as soon as possible, and return the country to the constitutional path in which Parliament has a prominent role.”
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