By Hannatu Sadiq
Tunisian President, Kais Saied received the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs who conferred an oral message from King Mohammed VI.
This visit comes at a time when opponents of President Saied, are accusing him of building an “autocratic regime” and challenged him Tuesday to hold new elections.
The moderate Islamist Ennahdha party, which was the strongest group in the coalition government, has labelled the President’s power grab a “coup d’etat” while the US, EU and other powers have voiced strong concern.
Ennahdha on Tuesday challenged the president to call new legislative and presidential elections, warning against any delay that would be “a pretext to maintain an autocratic regime”.
“No one, experts in constitutional law, deputies, political parties, civil society, no one doubts that these decisions are a coup against the constitution and a clear violation of Article 80 of the constitution” Noureddine Bhiri, a leader of Ennada parliamentary block, said.
“The republican regime is based on the rule of separation of powers and the decision of the President of the Republic has placed all powers – judicial, legislative, executive – in his hands. Therefore, it is constitutionally rejected, and against the principles of the Republic, which must be reversed,” he asserted.