The lawyer in charge of drafting a new Constitution in Tunisia publicly dissociated himself on Sunday July 3 from the text published by the presidency, whose adoption during the referendum scheduled for July 25 could, according to him, “open the way to a dictatorial regime “.
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Sadok Belaïd, head of the “National Consultative Commission for a New Republic” commissioned by le President Kaïs Saïed to write a new Constitution, had given him his project on June 22. But in the letter published Sunday by the newspaper Assabah and of which Sadok Belaïd confirmed to l’AFP being the author, he distances himself from the text that the Head of State made public on Thursday, June 30. This draft Constitution grants vast powers to the president, marking a radical break with the rather parliamentary system in place since 2014.
“Pave the way for a dictatorial regime”
In his letter, Sadok Belaïd, one of Tunisia’s best-known jurists, asserts that the draft Constitution published in the official journal “does not belong in any way to the one we have drawn up and presented to the President. » ” This is why, in my capacity as President of the National Consultative Commission (…), I declare with regret, and in full awareness of the responsibility vis-à-vis the Tunisian people, to whom the final decision belongs, that the Commission is totally innocent of the text submitted by the president to the referendum,” he added.
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According to him, the project published by Kaïs Saïed “contains considerable risks and shortcomings”. He quotes in particular an article on the “imminent danger” which guarantees the Head of State “very broad powers, under conditions that he is the only one able to judge, which could open the way to a regime dictatorial”.
It is precisely by invoking a similar article which appeared in the 2014 Constitution, that Kaïs Saïed assumed full powers on July 25, 2021 by suspending Parliament and dismissing the government, dominated by the Islamo-conservative Ennahdha party, her stupid noire.