Tunisian parties reject president’s use of military in political struggles – Middle East Monitor

Three Tunisian parties rejected the involvement of the army by President Kais Saied in political conflicts.

The Democratic Current Party, the Democratic Forum for Labor and Freedoms (Ettakatol) and the Republican Party denounced the content of Saied’s speech at a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Tuesday in which he “involved sensitive organs of the state in political conflicts and has diverted them from their republican credo”.

A statement released by the Tunisian presidency said Saied praised the efforts made by the armed forces to preserve the state and defend the homeland, adding that “the state is not easy prey and its institutions will remain, and whoever works to strike at the state or infiltrate its institutions is delusional.”

In a joint statement, the three parties denounced what they saw as Saied’s divisive rhetoric, accusations against his opponents as well as appointments to senior state positions based on loyalty rather than the competence.

Saied has held almost all power since July 25, when he sacked the prime minister, suspended parliament and assumed executive power citing a national emergency.

He appointed a prime minister on September 29 and a government has since been formed.

The majority of the country’s political parties called the decision a “coup against the constitution” and the achievements of the 2011 revolution. Critics say Saied’s decisions strengthened the powers of the presidency at the expense of parliament and government, and that it aims to transform the government of the country into a presidential system.

On more than one occasion, Saied, who began a five-year presidential term in 2019, has said that his exceptional decisions are not a coup, but rather measures within the framework of the constitution to protect the State of “imminent danger”.

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