The parliament’s presidency called on the deputies to resume their parliamentary and oversight work (Yassin Mahjoub/AFP)
Today, Friday, the Tunisian Parliament Presidency affirmed that presidential decision No. 117 is a “actual disruption of the Tunisian constitution, and a usurpation of the powers of the Assembly of People’s Representatives, and the consolidation of all powers in the hands of one individual, which contradicts the bets of the revolution of freedom, dignity and the values of democracy.”
In a statement, she called on the President of the Republic, Qais Saeed, to “retract the decree, lift the freeze on the Assembly of the Representatives of the People, and launch a national dialogue that does not exclude anyone, in order to discuss ways out of the dangerous crisis that threatens the cohesion of the state and the unity of the people.”
The statement said that today, Friday, is the first day of the third parliamentary session for the parliamentary term 2019-2024, noting that “this session comes in light of exceptional procedures and an unprecedented constitutional situation, amid stifling economic and social challenges that require all Tunisians to be sober in dealing, and wisdom in treatment, Extreme keenness to adhere to the provisions of the constitution, law enforcement and solidarity to protect the deep foundations of the Tunisian state from collapse and its elected constitutional institutions from obstruction and clinging to the principles of the republic and the values of the December 17-January 2011 revolution.
At the opening of this new parliamentary session, the Presidency of the Assembly of People’s Representatives affirmed its “principled position rejecting the unconstitutional activation of Article 80, which President Kais Saied made on the 65th anniversary of the proclamation of the Tunisian Republic,” noting that it considers all his decisions related to freezing and then suspending the competencies of the structures of the Assembly of People’s Representatives. “Void”.
The statement held the President of the Republic “fully responsible for closing the Assembly of People’s Representatives in all its branches, and the consequent disruption of the vital interests of this institution and preventing employees from performing their professional duty.”
The statement also affirmed Saeed’s “grave responsibility for disrupting the historical landmark (Bardo Palace) and its international museum, as well as the Tunisian memory of the work of the constituent and parliamentary councils from 1956 to last July 25, which became vulnerable to damage and corruption in the absence of any commitment, and all the council’s facilities and branches that did not occur. It was commissioned and maintained for more than 60 days, which resulted in inestimable wholesale losses.”
The Presidency of the Parliament expressed its full support for the deputies facing unfair trials on vague charges related to their work or their posts on social media, expressing its refusal to bring some of them before military courts without jurisdiction, and to prosecute others by the security forces, placing a number of them under house arrest without judicial rulings, while harassing their families.
She also expressed her “concern for the campaign of mobilization and incitement that targets the elected people’s representatives, not only in their duties but also in their persons and honor, which has become, in light of the prevailing lawlessness and lawlessness, a clear and explicit threat to their physical safety.”
She also denounced the “unprecedented campaign of demonization” that affected “the Assembly of the Representatives of the People and affected the prestige and honor of the most important constitutional institution in the country for which Tunisians have sacrificed over generations since April 9, 1938.”
The Presidency of the Parliament announced that the office of the Assembly of the Representatives of the People is in permanent session, calling on “the deputies to resume their parliamentary and oversight work in calm and full respect for the provisions of the constitution and the law, and steadfastness and steadfastness in the epic of restoring democracy and its symbol (Tunisian Parliament).”