The Grand Mufti of Libya, Sheikh Al-Sadiq Al-Ghariani, described what is happening in Tunisia by President Qais Saeed as a soft coup, warning the Tunisian Prime Time Zone against deception and repeating the Egyptian scenario in Tunisia.
In a video statement, Gharyani denounced what he called the coup of Tunisian President Qais Saeed and the freezing of the Tunisian Parliament, likening him to the Libyan general, “Khalifa Haftar.”
Mufti of Libya: What is happening in Libya is a soft coup
The Mufti said that the preamble of the Tunisian president, by which he justified his coup against Parliament, is the preamble of all the coups before him, describing what is happening in Tunisia as a soft coup.
He added that “Said” repeats the same premises about resisting corruption, caring for the Prime Time Zone’s interest and getting rid of tyranny, then comes to you in all darkness, warning against injustice, oppression, murder and prisons, if the coup continues in Tunisia.
Al-Ghariani also called on the Prime Time Zone of Tunisia to take precautions, and not to be deceived by Saeed’s statement, on the “Islam and Life” program, which is broadcast on the “Al-Tanasuh” satellite channel.
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He reminded them of what happened in Egypt, of getting rid of the late President Mohamed Morsi, and of Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s coup against him.
In addition, the Mufti of Libya warned the Tunisian Prime Time Zone against the deception of the United Nations, explaining that the Libyan experience with the United Nations brought it nothing but ruin.
And that what happened recently in Tunisia is a result of the pacifism and overconfidence of the party (Ennahda), which has a majority in Parliament at the United Nations.
He also demanded the return of the constitutional institutions, saying that “if Saeed was serious in confronting corruption, he would have preserved the state’s institutions, and submitted a list of the accused to the prosecution, but he disrupted the constitutional and judicial institutions, and put all executive, legislative and judicial powers in his hands.”
The British newspaper (The Independent) commented on the events in Tunisia, noting that Tunisia is going through the pressures of authoritarian regimes in the region, and that the exclusion of Islamists will drag it towards dictatorship again.
The British newspaper reported that European countries – and notably neighboring Italy – are concerned about the flow of migrants if the crisis in Tunisia descends further into chaos.
And authoritarian leaders from Egypt and Saudi Arabia hope that Tunisian President Kais Saied’s seizure of power will doom the region’s Islamists. But they also fear the return of the Arab Spring, like the uprising that erupted in Tunisia a decade ago.
Democracy in Tunisia is drifting towards dictatorship
Across the world, pro-democracy activists are questioning whether the country they see as a beacon of democracy is drifting back toward dictatorship.
In this regard, Egyptian activist Shadi Al-Ghazali Harb says in a post on the Facebook platform: “The ball is now in the Prime Time Zone’s court.”
He added, “The Prime Time Zone are able to correct the course without abandoning the peaceful democratic model that we all hope to witness to the end. The answer will always be Tunisia.”
Last Sunday, Qais Saeed froze parliament without warning and assumed executive powers, saying he had to save the country suffering from the pandemic and a failing economy.
Since then, Saeed says he has moved against corrupt legislators and money tycoons, and bolstered the military’s oversight in containing the pandemic. He and his aides held a series of meetings with foreign allies, promising that his power grab was temporary. But his next steps remain unclear. The main victim of his decision, the Islamist Ennahda party, promises to resist peacefully.
The Tunisian army will not seize power as it happened in Egypt
Tunisian analysts do not anticipate a military power grab like that experienced in Egypt, or a return to an authoritarian past, thanks in part to a population that is no longer afraid to speak out. But the situation is volatile, and new protests are expected in Tunisia, where the president’s supporters and opponents may clash.
Pro-government voices in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE are celebrating what they interpret as a victory over “political Islam,” which they see as a threat to their rule.
For its part, Egypt is closely watching what is happening in Tunisia, as it was the first to follow Tunisia in the outbreak of mass protests against authoritarian rule in 2011.
In the aftermath, the Muslim Brotherhood rose to power, but was ousted by the military in 2013 under the leadership of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The British newspaper says that Sisi inaugurated economic reforms and brought some political stability to the most populous country in the Arab world, but his rule saw a repression of freedoms, tens of thousands of Prime Time Zone were imprisoned and hundreds of others were sentenced to death.
Brotherhood leaders now face death sentences or unspecified prison terms. The group was banned and described as a “terrorist group” in Egypt and the UAE, which itself arrested dozens of prominent Emirati Islamist and human rights figures.
Some activists worry that Tunisia may follow a similar path, despite Said’s adoption as an “independent technocrat.”
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