Tunisia’s parliament announces that it is in permanent session and holds the president responsible for closing it

Tunisia’s parliament announces that it is in permanent session and holds the president responsible for closing it
Tunisia’s parliament announces that it is in permanent session and holds the president responsible for closing it

The Presidency of the Tunisian House of Representatives issued a statement calling for the parliament’s office to be in permanent session, and held President Kais Saied “full responsibility for closing down the parliament,” calling on the deputies to “resume their work.”

The presidency of the Tunisian Parliament reiterated its rejection of the measures taken by President Kais Saied, including freezing the House of Representatives, and considered them “void.”

The Presidency of the Council said in a statement that it considered Saied’s actions “a real disruption of the Tunisian constitution, stole the powers of the Assembly of People’s Representatives and a frightening grouping of all powers in the hands of one individual.”

The statement called on the president to “retract the decree, lift the freeze on the Assembly of the People’s Representatives, and launch a national dialogue that does not exclude anyone, to discuss ways out of the dangerous crisis that threatens the cohesion of the state and the unity of the people.”

The statement held Saeed “fully responsible for the closure of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People in all its branches, and the consequent disruption of the vital interests of this institution.”

In the statement, the Presidency of Parliament expressed its “full support for the deputies who are facing unfair trials on vague charges related to their work or their posts on social media, and some of them appear before military courts that have no jurisdiction.”

The statement, published by the frozen parliament speaker Rashid Ghannouchi, indicated that a number of MPs are subjected to “security prosecutions, as a group of them have been placed under house arrest without judicial rulings, with harassment of their families.”

The statement concluded by denouncing what it described as an “unprecedented campaign of demonization that affected the Parliament.”

She called on the deputies “to resume their parliamentary and oversight work in calm and full respect for the requirements of the constitution and the law.”

And announced that “the office of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People is in permanent session.”

Source: RT

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