Larayedh: Tunisia is highlighted because of the attacks perpetrated by the authorities
Former Prime Minister and Vice President of the Ennahdha Movement, Ali Laârayedh believed that the next legislative elections scheduled for December 17, 2022, were part of the coup d’état led by the President of the Republic, Kaïs Saïed. This is an attack on democracy, freedom and the results of the revolution of January 14, 2011. Ali Laârayedh assured that it was neither about correcting the course nor about a reform process.
Speaking at a press conference held on 17 November 2022 at the headquarters of the Ennahdha Movement, Ali Laârayedh believed that the coup constituted a leap into the past and that Tunisia was in a situation similar to that before the revolution. He believed that the facts and decisions of the head of state had no relation to the will or demands of the people. He felt that the president’s attitude shows his attachment to power and his desire to have absolute control over the country.
Referring to the ecological and health situation in Sfax, Ali Laârayedh felt that the country was going straight into the wall. He claimed that the national, regional and local authorities were unable to deal with the situation. He criticized the proliferation of threats and statements by the governor, Professionals Fakhfakhabout closing access to Facebook. He reminded that the management of landfills was part of the Ministry of the Environment’s and not the municipalities’ powers. They also manage waste collection. He argued that the crisis was due to the failure of the central government. He expressed his solidarity and that of the movement Ennahda with the residents of Sfax and kept power in place and the regional and local authorities responsible for this crisis. Ali Laârayedh also mentioned the situation in Zarzis. He insisted on the lack of involvement of the power that is in place in this matter. He believed that the executive did not seek to reveal the truth and had chosen to communicate with the citizens of Zarzis from a distance.
Subsequently, Ali Laârayedh believed that the country was facing a wave of political opinion processes targeting elected officials, political parties, lawyers, journalists and activists. He clarified that some of these trials were handled by military courts and that this undermined Tunisia’s image. He said that military courts did not have the power to decide such cases and that the reports on Tunisia prepared by the Venice Commission, the African Court on Human and People’s Rights and on the occasion of the Universal Periodic Review. He said Tunisia was singled out because of these attacks. He believed that several individuals and entities who supported the publication of the measures on 25 July 2022 had subsequently changed their minds. He emphasized the pressure the judges have been under since Kaï’s monopolization of power Said. He referred to the dissolution of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary and the refusal to apply the decision of the Administrative Court, which gave the case to judges dismissed by presidential decree. He explained that the new constitution had transformed the judiciary into a simple function in the service of the executive. He praised the judges and their activism.
” Every week, Ennahda been the subject of a new trial, while we have taken legal action more than thirty times. No complaints have been processed. These cases drag on. This is a voluntary block… The Judges’ movement has been blocked at the Carthage level… We are told about elections as the country is going through one of the most difficult times socially. Unemployment is increasing. Poverty is increasing. We are experiencing unprecedented inflation and shortages of vital products in the face of declining purchasing power… Our sons and daughters have not returned to school… We could not find a solution to the teachers’ situation », he added.
Ali Laârayedh criticized the lack of transparency and information about agreements with donors, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF)the Treaties, the Supplementary Finance Act and the 2023 Finance Act. The government acts as if the population has no right to be informed and heard. He questioned the concealment of the provisions of the agreement reached with the IMF and the consequences of the reforms for the poor and the middle class. He remembered that the parliament used to consult experts and inform the media about the provisions of the Finance Act when it was only a project.