Tunisia: Ennahdha Executive Board Considers President of Republic's Exceptional Measures "Unconstitutional"

Tunis/Tunisia — Meeting on Monday evening, the executive board of the Ennahdha movement considered that the exceptional measures announced by the President of the Republic are "unconstitutional."

Ennahdha denounced in a statement issued Tuesday "a coup against the Constitution and institutions, through the freezing of parliamentary activities and the monopolisation of all powers without any constitutional control.

The board calls on the President of the Republic "to reconsider his decisions and take up the challenges and problems facing the country under the Constitution and legality and in accordance with the democratic choice for which the Tunisian people have opted.

While affirming that the parliament must resume its activities "as the initial democratically elected power," Ennahdha calls "the political and civil community to increase consultations on the latest developments in the country to preserve the democratic gains and ensure, as soon as possible, the return to the constitutional situation and the ordinary and legal functioning of State institutions.

The Executive Board of Ennahdha hailed the military and security institution which "ensures the security of the country, its unity and sovereignty," calling for the need to "keep it away from political divisions and bickering."

It warns against "discourses of violence, revenge and exclusion on the social fabric and the devastation that this could cause to the country," castigating all abuses and calling for the prosecution of their authors.

The Executive Board called on Tunisians to "show solidarity, mutual aid and unity and to stand up to calls for discord and civil war."

It said it "understands the protest movements that have recently taken place in the country as well as the legitimacy of social, economic and political demands and the threat that the pandemic poses to the country."

These are priority issues that must be the subject of a national dialogue and which require the drawing up of collective guidelines capable of bringing the country out of the crisis, the statement reads.

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