Tunisia’s new authorities sworn in with out parliamentary approval

TUNIS — The average Islamist Ennahda celebration, Tunisia’s largest celebration in parliament, issued a assertion Oct. 14 rejecting the brand new authorities headed by Najla Bouden. “It’s a de facto government of the unconstitutional Decree 117,” in reference to the order issued by President Kais Saied on Sept. 22, which put the chief and legislative powers in his fingers.

Twenty-four members of the new authorities, which incorporates 10 girls and is headed by a feminine prime minister for the primary time within the historical past of Tunisia, took the constitutional oath earlier than President Saied on Oct. 11 on the Carthage Palace.

Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki mentioned in a Facebook put up on Oct. 14 that the brand new authorities was illegitimate as a result of it didn’t achieve the vote of confidence in parliament because it was suspended by Saied on July 25, in an specific violation of the structure.

Political activist Jaouhar Ben M’barek mentioned on Facebook on Oct. 11 that Bouden’s authorities is an unlawful “coup body,” including, “We will confront it the same way we would a coup, and it will face the same fate.”

Issam Chebbi, the secretary-general of the Republican Party, advised Al-Monitor that the brand new Tunisian authorities is a transparent coup towards the structure, contemplating Decree 117 to be missing legitimacy as a result of it places all powers within the fingers of the president.

Chebbi, whereas praising the appointment of a girl to steer the federal government, mentioned Saied selected its members and might dismiss whoever he desires. He added that the brand new authorities is simply tasked with implementing the president’s insurance policies, which can set again Tunisia a long time.

On Oct. 11, the Workers’ Party mentioned in a press release that the brand new authorities is a “government of coup” and that what Bouden mentioned throughout her oath have been empty guarantees that Tunisians have repeatedly heard from earlier governments and from Saied himself.

However, Hafez al-Sawari, a member of the People’s Movement politburo, advised Al-Monitor that the brand new authorities displays the need of the individuals who revolted on July 25 and demanded the overthrow of the present political system, which has been managed by Ennahda and its allies because the fall of the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regime in 2011.

Sawari mentioned Saied is constructing a brand new system, and that the brand new authorities will derive its legitimacy from its capacity to resolve excellent points, reply to the calls for of the Tunisians, and provides the nation again to its folks.

Saied issued distinctive measures on Sept. 22 by presidential decree, in keeping with which the federal government would reply to him, whereas he would difficulty laws by decree as an alternative of parliament. He additionally determined to elevate the immunity of parliament members and droop their salaries.

On Sept. 29, Saied appointed Bouden to type the federal government, a move welcomed by girls’s rights activists in Tunisia. The head of the National Union of Tunisian Women, Radhia Jerbi, advised radio Mosaique on Sept. 29 that Tunisian girls deserve the place of prime minister. Jerbi added that Bouden’s appointment is the end result of Tunisian girls’s struggles over a long time for full citizenship and equality.

In a Sept. 29 Facebook put up, Frawes Yosra, the pinnacle of the Tunisian Association of the Democratic Women, expressed her happiness on the appointment, though she wished it had occurred underneath totally different circumstances.

Lamia al-Majri, a member of the Association of Tunisian Judges, advised the state-run Assabah News web site on Sept. 29, “As a national human rights association within the progressive human rights fabric of the national forces in Tunisia, we believe having a woman head the government is a positive thing.”

Saied’s current strikes have acquired the backing of the People’s Movement, the Tunisia Forward motion and the Tunisian Popular Current, along with the Alliance for Tunisia, the Tunisian Ba’ath Movement, and the Socialist Party, all of that are leftist events.

Zuhair Hamdi, the pinnacle of the Tunisian Popular Current, advised Al-Monitor that Saied has responded to the calls for of the individuals who have been bored with Ennahda’s insurance policies over the previous 10 years. “This allowed [Saied] to gain important popular legitimacy,” Hamdi mentioned, stressing the necessity to maintain early elections and move ahead from there.

Before Saied’s current strikes, all governments needed to achieve parliament’s vote of confidence earlier than taking the constitutional oath. Dismissing heads of presidency additionally needed to be accepted by parliament, however Saied unilaterally dismissed Prime Minister Hisham al-Meshishi on July 25.

Bouden’s authorities is the 13th because the Jasmine Revolution that culminated on Jan. 14, 2011.