Tunisia’s Parliament Speaker Urges ‘Peaceful Struggle’ Against President’s Moves

The speaker of Tunisia’s parliament Rached Ghannouchi called for a “peaceful struggle” against a return to “absolute one-man rule. Ghannouchi decribed the situation as “a step back, a decade after Tunisia’s 2011 revolution.

He said it’s a step backwards. A return to the 1959 constitution. A return to the absolute power of one man against which the revolution took place. There is no longer any alternative to struggle, naturally a peaceful struggle, because they are a civil movement. The Tunisian people are against violence.

The country’s president announced plans to draft a new electoral code and appoint a transitional leadership – and to hang on to the exceptional powers that he seized in July, throwing the country’s young democracy into question.

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