After the Ennahda movement called for the resumption of the work of the Tunisian parliament, in defiance and escalation of the decision of President Kais Saied, the movement retracted its move that was supposed to take place today, Friday.
Member of Parliament, whose membership has been suspended, Al-Ayachi Zamal, confirmed that he will not go today to the parliament headquarters despite the previous call to resume work, starting today, considering the start of the 2021-2022 parliamentary session.
Postpone for next week
In a statement to a local radio station, Zamalek said that the movement decided, after discussion with a number of parliamentarians who signed the statement to resume work in parliament, to “wait and postpone this until next week, against the background of what was observed of street mobilization and calls for incitement against parliamentarians,” he said.
He also indicated that “modern technologies and the constitution provided them with other possibilities” to resume the work of Parliament, without providing further details on that point.
Rached Ghannouchi, head of the Ennahda movement (archive – AFP)
In addition, he pointed out, “the possibility of a number of deputies meeting to draw up a road map on how to defend what he described as legitimate.
It is noteworthy that 90 deputies from the Ennahda movement and its allies had called in a statement yesterday, Thursday, to resume parliamentary work starting today.
While the voices of a number of Tunisian deputies rose, warning of the danger of this step.
The head of the Tunisian National Coalition Party, Naji Jalloul, told Al Arabiya/Al-Hadath that the attempt by a number of deputies to hold a parliamentary session represents a serious threat to national security.
He also considered that this step threatens to bring the country into a state of division and chaos.
In front of the Tunisian parliament building (archive – AFP)
In turn, the representative of the People’s Movement, Badr al-Din al-Qamudi, said that the parliament ended by a popular decision on July 25, describing thinking about going backwards as a matter of political and media absurdity.
In a statement to Al-Arabiya.net, he also considered that what these MPs are doing is a “waste of time.”
It is noteworthy that the Tunisian President had announced, since July 25, exceptional measures, according to which he froze the work of Parliament, and dismissed the Prime Minister, Hisham Al-Mashishi, based on Article 80 of the 2014 Constitution, which authorizes the President of the Republic to take “extraordinary measures” if there is an “imminent danger” threatening the country.