In a political embarrassment, the Tunisian president is pushing ahead with his plan to reshape the political landscape in the country. While local elections are due soon, Kais Syed spoke out against the presence of foreign observers.
After pushing for the organization of early legislative elections to block Ennahda’s Islamists from taking control of parliament, the Tunisian head of state appointed new members of the electoral authority, the Independent Higher Authority for Elections (ISIE). was considered.
On Thursday, when these new members were sworn in, Tunisian President Kais Saied said he was hostile to the presence of foreign observers in the next elections, given that it was not an authorized country.
“We are not an occupied state, so we are sent observers,” he announced during the swearing-in ceremony for its new members at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The president has devised a well-studied strategy to pull the country out of the political stalemate used by the Ennahda, an Islamic-inspired movement that has held parliament hostage.
Kais Saied first sacked the prime minister on 25 July, with whom he had conflicting relations, then froze parliament before dissolving it completely in March.
He then amended the constitution and required it to be submitted to a popular vote on 25 July, before initial legislative elections on 17 December. To prepare for these deadlines and to compensate for any departure from the initial plan, Mr. Syed appointed three of its seven members, including the president, on April 22.
On 9 May, Mr Syed appointed its former member Farooq Boskar as chairman of the body to replace Nabil Bafoun, who had criticized its decisions as breaking democracy.
While the Tunisian Revolution of 2011 was supposed to bring democracy back to the country, and all elections since then have seen the presence of international observers including NGOs, this time the controversial president will follow in the footsteps of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. break this tradition.
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