Tunisia: the new Constitution presented by Kaïs Saïed disavowed by jurists
Kais Saied, President of the Republic of Tunisia.
AFP - FETHI BELAID
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This Sunday, July 3, the head of the commission responsible for drafting the new Tunisian Constitution rejected the draft text presented by the Head of State last Thursday, considering that its adoption during the referendum scheduled for July 25 could "
open the way to a dictatorial regime
It was in the Assabah
which published his letter that the head of the advisory commission for a new Republic, Sadok Belaïd, disavowed Kaïs Saïed.
The project published by the presidency "
does not belong in any way to the one we have developed and presented
", writes the lawyer who is nevertheless close to the head of state.
The jurists of the commission responsible for drafting the new Tunisian Constitution submitted their draft to the Head of State on 22 June.
But obviously, the presidency modified the text,
before publishing it last Thursday
The project published by Mr. Saïed contains considerable risks and shortcomings
", continues Sadok Belaïd.
In particular an article on “
” which guarantees the Head of State “
very broad powers, under conditions that he alone determines, which could open the way to a dictatorial regime.
In the text proposed for referendum by Kaïs Saïed, it is stated that “
the President of the Republic exercises executive power, assisted by a government headed by a head of government
In addition to the fact that the text considerably reduces the role and power of Parliament, it also provides for the establishment of a second chamber: “
the National Assembly of the Regions
For the opposition, this desire to establish a new Constitution has only one objective, that of giving power to one man.
The jurist Sadok Belaïd believes that if it is validated during the referendum on July 25, the draft Constitution proposed by Kaïs Saïed would be the start
of “a bad future
” for Tunisia.
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