At a time when the Tunisian parliament witnessed a security alert today, after deputies from the Ennahda movement and allied blocs arrived there in clear defiance and escalation against the decision of Tunisian President Qais Saeed to freeze the powers of the legislative institution, Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath correspondent reported, on Friday, that the citizens Gathering around the building prevented the deputies from entering.
The people want parliament to be dissolved
The information also added that the shouts of the protesters rose, calling on the arriving deputies to leave.
It also reported that the protesters raised slogans against the head of the Ennahda party, Rached Ghannouchi.
The video clips also showed citizens gathering and calling for the parliament to be disrupted, chanting slogans: “The people want the parliament to be dissolved.”
Invite then back
This came after the Deputy of the Ennahda Movement and the Assistant to the Speaker of the Frozen Parliament, in charge of Media and Communication, Maher Madhyoub, previously confirmed that “today, Friday is the first day of the 2019/2024 parliamentary session”, after 90 deputies from the Ennahda movement and its allies signed a statement calling for the resumption of work. Parliamentary.
In a statement, the Ennahda bloc also called on Parliament Speaker Rashid Ghannouchi and members of his office to “convene to take the necessary measures for the parliamentary institution to return to work in implementation of the provisions of the constitution and its internal system.”
However, the movement retracted its movement, as the suspended member of parliament, Al-Ayachi Zammal, 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.
In a statement to one of the local radio stations, Zamalek said that the movement decided, after discussion with a number of MPs who signed the statement to resume work in parliament, “to wait and postpone this until next week, against the background of what was observed from the street mobilization and calls to incite against the representatives,” 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.
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.
Despite the movement’s retreat from its call, some of the deputies reached the vicinity of Parliament.
It is worth noting 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 poses a serious threat to national security, considering this step as a threat to plunge the country into a state of division and chaos.
Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi and Tunisian President Kais Saied (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.