Tunisia: Civil Society Calls On Saied to Present Deadlines for Exceptional Measures and Return to Normal Functioning of Institutions

Tunis/Tunisia — Components of civil society called Wednesday President Kais Saied to present deadlines for the implementation of exceptional measures and the return to normal functioning of state institutions, calling for a dialogue involving civil society and political parties.

The Mourakiboun network considers that the measures announced on July 25, must be accompanied by constitutional guarantees including first the respect of rights and freedoms, the independence of the judiciary and the guarantee of freedom of expression and press.

The Mourakiboun network urges, in a statement, the various political parties to appease and avoid anything that is likely to divide Tunisians and threaten social peace. It advocates the launch of a serious dialogue to establish a roadmap and define the priorities in terms of reforms and make the revision of the electoral system a priority.

Mourakiboun also stresses the imperative of pursuing the administrative and judicial processes regarding the violations noted by the Court of Auditors in its report on the financing of the 2012 election campaigns and to break with the culture of impunity.

For its part, the Chahed Observatory for the control of elections and support of democratic transitions recommended not to extend the period of exceptional measures, calling on President Saied to provide details on the resumption of the democratic process to protect rights and freedoms and ensure a return to normalcy as soon as possible.

Chahed expressed his deep concern about the exceptional situation in the country especially in the absence of a Constitutional Court, the only body to decide on the extension of exceptional measures after 30 days of their entry into force, in accordance with Article 80 of the Constitution.

Tunisian Association for Integrity and Democracy of Elections (ATIDE ) blames the dislocation of the state apparatus and their malfunctioning to all those who govern the country, responsible for the political, economic, social and health crisis.

The association calls in turn for dialogue and the development of a clear roadmap to enable the country to complete its democratisation process within the framework of the law and overcome, definitively, this state of stalemate.

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