Moncef Marzouki tells all Tunisians to come together on Sunday in defense of the constitution, democracy and national sovereignty.
Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has called on Tunisians to hold protests on Sunday against the takeover of the country’s President Kais Saied.
“I call on all Tunisians to come together on Sunday in defense of the constitution, democracy, freedom and national sovereignty,” Marzouki said in a video posted on his Facebook page.
“The presence must be strong in this protest. I ask everyone to put aside their political affiliations and get involved, ”he added. “I have never seen Tunisia in the state it is in today. It is time to act “.
In July, the president plunged Tunisia into a constitutional crisis by suspending the elected parliament, removing the prime minister and assuming executive authority.
Last month, he pushed aside much of the constitution to say it could pass legislation by decree, calling into question Tunisia’s democratic achievements since the 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring riots.
While he insists that his “exceptional measures” are aimed at “saving” the country, critics accuse him of orchestrating a coup.
‘Sovereignty can be returned’
Marzouki’s call came as a protest movement known as Citizens Against the Coup d’état called for demonstrations on Sunday against Saied’s move to control all parts of the state.
Marzouki suggested the resignation of Saied and MP Rached Ghannouchi and the convention of the assembly as a way out of the current political crisis in Tunisia.
“Free and transparent early elections can be held after a 45-day transition period through which sovereignty can be returned to the people,” he said.
Most parties in Tunisia reject Saied’s seizure of power, and some accuse him of orchestrating a coup against the constitution.
However, other parties have supported Saied’s decisions in light of the political, economic and health crises facing the North African country.
Earlier this month, thousands of Saied followers gathered in the capital to show his support for his suspension from parliament and promises to change the political system.
The demonstration in central Tunis was called in response to protests against Saied’s actions over the previous two weekends in the same location.
Saied’s intervention followed years of economic stagnation and political paralysis, compounded by an impoverishing blockade last year, a slow-onset vaccination campaign and street protests.
Many Tunisians blame those evils on a corrupt and selfish political elite, and see Saied, an independent elected in 2019, as an ombudsman.
Tunisia was previously seen as the only success story among Arab states in their efforts towards a democratic transition that witnessed popular revolutions that toppled ruling regimes, including in Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.