More than 100 representatives of Tunisia’s main Islamist party, Ennahda, have resigned in protest of their group’s actions during the political crisis that sparked in the African country after President Kais Saied took full power and the removal of the Prime Minister in the last July.
There are a total of 113 Ennahda members who, in a statement released on Saturday, accused party leader Rached Ghannouchi of having committed a series of mistakes that enabled Saied to expand his power.
In the document, MEPs accuse Ghannouchi of monopolizing decision-making and not leading parliament. Before it was dissolved by Saied, Ennahda held the majority of the seats.
This week Saied signed a series of decrees extending the suspension of parliamentary activities, lifting immunity for parliamentarians and freezing their salaries.
This is the third time that the President has extended these extraordinary measures since he took office last July and ordered the removal of the previous Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi after several days of protests.
After assuming all powers, the Tunisian President reiterated that his decision was a response to the previous days’ mobilizations against dealing with the pandemic, corruption and the severe economic crisis, and at all times defended that it was constitutional.
Although the constitution of Tunisia does not allow the dissolution of the parliament, it advocates the suspension of its functions for a period of 30 days. The President’s subsequent actions, including two extensions of these measures, were condemned by the opposition, which accused him of a “coup”.