Tunisia president indicates plans to amend constitution

September 13, 2021 By 0 Comments

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has indicated plans to change the country’s constitution, seven weeks after he seized power in moves his opponents called a coup.

The comments on Saturday represented Saied’s clearest statement yet about what he intends to do next, having sworn there was “no going back” to the situation in the North African nation before his intervention on July 25.

Speaking live on television in a central Tunis boulevard, Saied said he respected the 2014 democratic constitution but that it was “not eternal” and could be amended.

“Amendments must be made within the framework of the constitution,” he told the Sky News Arabia channel and Tunisian state television.

One of Saied’s advisers told Reuters news agency on Thursday the president was planning to suspend the constitution and offer an amended version via a referendum, prompting opposition from political parties and the powerful UGTT labour union.

Anxiety has been growing over Saied’s intentions since his July 25 announcement that he was sacking the prime minister and suspending parliament.

Credit: Aljazeera.com