The trade union is expressing concern about the country’s democratic gains as President Kais Saied has failed to announce a political plan.
Tunisia’s powerful General Union of Labor has called for early elections, saying it is concerned about the country’s democratic gains due to the president’s reluctance to announce a plan for political reforms.
The statements of the leader of the Tunisian General Labor Union, Noureddine Tabboubi, on Sunday, in a speech to thousands of his supporters, increased additional pressure on President Kais Saied, more than four months after he assumed the presidency of the union. He seized all political power.
“We supported July 25 because it was an opportunity to save the country and implement reforms…but we became afraid for Tunisia’s democratic gains because of the excessive reluctance to announce a roadmap,” Taboubi said.
He added that the president should call for a dialogue with political parties and national organizations, including reviewing the electoral law and agreeing on early and transparent elections.
The Tunisian General Labor Union, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2015 for its help in building democracy in the cradle of the Arab Spring, is a major political player in Tunisia.
It has over a million members across the North African country.
happy Parliament suspended and government sacked On July 25, a new prime minister is inaugurated and announced that he will rule by decree. Critics denounced his move, calling it a coup.
“Tunisia will not be built on an individual basis,” General Secretary of the Tunisian General Labor Union Noureddine Taboubi told AFP after addressing his supporters, calling on the president to adopt a “participatory approach.”
“Work, freedom and national dignity,” the demonstrators chanted. “With our lives and our blood, we will defend the Tunisian General Labor Union.”
The president has defended his seizure of power as the only way to end government paralysis after years of political discord and economic stagnation. He promised to defend the rights and freedoms he won in the 2011 revolution.
Saeed also promised to end the state of emergency quickly but did not specify a date for that, and pressure mounted on him to present a plan for a return to parliamentary democracy.
On the other hand, the Tunisian presidency announced, on Sunday, the dismissal of the country’s consuls in Paris and Milan. In addition, I ordered financial audits to be carried out at the European Mission.
“[President Saied] I directed the State Department to initiate an in-depth financial and administrative examination “at the two consulates,” the presidency said in a statement posted on Facebook.
Saied will replace the Consul General of Paris, Taher Al-Arabawi, with Reda Gharslawi, who is close to the head of state and was Minister of the Interior.
Gharslawi, a former national security adviser to the presidency, was appointed minister on July 29, succeeding former Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashishi, who took over the post.
The presidency said 10 ambassadors, including Berlin, Ankara, Beijing and Doha, and six consuls, are completing their duties, in a move that formalizes the end of their term in August.