Al-Bilad reviews Tunisia latest developments: Did the President carry out a coup for the people?

“Al-Bilad” program discussed Monday the developments of events in Tunisia and whether the naming of “the coup against democracy” is available, and the position of political parties regarding this new political change.

Soft coup

The writer and journalist Tariq Al-Saidi pointed out that the recent decisions of Tunisian President Kais Saied are in response to a popular demand and an attempt to limit the discussion to political characterization is useless.

“All parties prepare for him the presidency of the government on the one hand, and the Ennahda movement and parliament on the other hand, after dialogue failed and the ability to manage the conflict and reach national understandings failed, and each side became stalking the other; therefore, what happened wasn’t surprising, so it is the only way out of the political impasse in which the Ennahda movement and the Grand Palace in the Tunisian constitution, and the government’s mismanagement of the crisis, put us.”

He said that Tunisia today, is in a new framework, clear decisions, popular support, and civil society interact with caution, but positively, and “in this special circumstance that our country is going through, the responsibility does not fall on the President of the Republic and his supporters only, but rather cooperation between all is necessary to lead Tunisia towards safety.”

On the other hand, journalist Khawla bin Qiyas described what happened as a coup, and it can be called a soft coup, a constitutional coup, or a coup against the president’s authorities, a coup because Chapter (80) of the Tunisian Constitution that President Kais Saied appealed to, the president did not implement any of its clauses. On the other hand, This chapter is somewhat crippled due to the absence of the Constitutional Court, which, after 30 days, the president must go to.

This chapter says that the President of the Republic should consult Parliament and the Prime Minister, and the two denied that the President of the Republic had consulted them in the political change process.

Bin Qiyas believes that political change is required in Tunisia due to the failure of the political class to manage the crisis, and the street has been angry for some time and has been calling for change in order to protect democracy and revolution and protect the country from a political and economic disaster.

Bin Qiyas refused to single out the Tunisian president for all decisions, and explained that there was talk of decisions that include media institutions.

Bin Qays continues that the question raised today, how will the change be? Do you disrupt the work of Parliament? And the involvement of the military in the conflict?

For his part, Tariq Al-Saidi believes that everyone has the right to choose the political description of what happened in the way he wants, but the political description will not, in fact, change anything to benefit from the Egyptian experience.

The president is making decisions individually 

Khawla bin Qiyas said: “In governments after the revolution; The people came out in large numbers. They held a sit-in in the Casbah and Bardo Square. Governments fell, and new governments were established. Therefore, the people’s outcry in the street is justified and cannot be ignored.”

At the same time, it cannot be said that those who took to the streets support the president, and therefore we must support him in his coup.

The Tunisian president has clearly turned against the government and his constituents.

Bin Qiyas explained that the country’s interest is on a tin of fire, pointing out that all the parties in power have proven their failure, and the street should punish everyone by expelling them from the political scene. And make way for new characters.

She added: “No one says that the president was wrong in all his decisions, but he always declares that there is no dialogue with them and they obstruct the political track. He talks about parties and does not name them. The president was often ambiguous, we are for change, but it is important to choose the mechanism, unfortunately; What happened should have happened, now he succeeded in carrying out what he wanted, carrying out his coup.”

Bin Qiyas said that the scenarios today are multiple. There is a scenario that there will be a political initiative and the political parties meet with the president around one dialogue table, or that the president makes new statements every day and restricts freedoms, and thus the dictatorship of the state becomes the president’s justification for the coup.

Our guest continues: There are two important things. The first is; The Arab street should know that the political class in parliament and the government is not all the political class in Tunisia, as there is another class that participated in the revolution and withdrew when it saw the revolution being bought and sold. This class is accepted by the street and will force the president to talk to it.

For his part, Tariq Al-Saidi made it clear that the president’s reversal of his recent decisions is an unlikely issue, and added that Khawla bin Qiyas’s description of what happened in the coup is a lot of exaggeration. The president did not deviate in all his decisions from constitutional legitimacy, and his failure to deviate from the constitution made his decisions a point of strength.

Uneasy Calm

Al-Qassimi, a political researcher, believes that things in Tunisia are beginning to move in the direction drawn by President Qais al-Saeed, as there is calm, but he is cautious in all regions of the country, despite repeated calls from time to time to go out to the streets again.

He added: “The president’s decisions have the support of the majority of the Tunisian people, in addition to civil society organizations and political parties. The issue is still at the beginning and the door is open to all scenarios, but towards the search for a road map that draws and embodies these decisions on the ground.”

Al-Qasimi stressed that the military and security establishment is identical in its field work with the president’s decisions.

At the conclusion of the episode; Political researcher Basil Al-Torgoman confirmed that Tunisia today is facing a new stage in which there is a political variable that is not based on describing the conflict as between the President of the Republic and the Ennahda movement, but rather a struggle waged by the President of the Republic and the Tunisian people, against this failed political system.

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