Hundreds of people were affected Sunday in Tunis against the draft new Constitution which must be submitted to referendum in July and the dismissal of 57 judges by President Kais Saied, according to an AFP journalist.
“The people want the independence of justice” and “Constitution, freedom and dignity“, chanted the demonstrators who took to the streets at the call of the”national salvation front“, a coalition of a dozen organizations of opponents, including the party of Islamist inspiration Ennahdha, pet peeve of Kaïs Saïed.
A “national consultationwas organized by the president two weeks ago to draft a new constitution, ahead of legislative elections in December.
The dialogue has been boycotted by the opposition, including the powerful trade union organization UGTT, which believes that key actors in civil society and political parties are excluded.
A draft of the new Constitution must be delivered Monday to Mr. Saied before being submitted in a month to the population in the form of a simple yes / no vote.
“This referendum is just a fraud“, told AFP Ali Larayedh, a leader of the Islamo-conservative Ennahdha party, which was the main force in the Parliament dissolved by President Saïed when he assumed full powers during a coup. effective July 25, 2021.
“We demonstrate against the exclusion of the judiciary and against the coup against the Constitutionadopted with great fanfare in 2014, three years after the fall of the dictatorship of Zine El Abidine ben Ali, he added.
On June 1, President Saïed dismissed by decree 57 judges, citing various reasons including “Corruption», «adulteryand hamper investigations, after having strengthened its supervision of the judicial system.
This decision, denounced by several NGOs, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, as a “direct attack on the rule of law“, led to a strike by Tunisian magistrates, which will enter its third week on Monday, to protest against the dismissal of their colleagues.
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