In two months to the day, on December 17, 2022, Tunisia will hold legislative elections, the first since the adoption of the new Constitution last July. A step that completes the process of overhauling the political system put in place by President Kaïs Saïed since he took ousted the Assembly and assumed all powers, from July 2021. But this ballot will be special: by establishing single-member lists, it separates the parties and should prevent the president from finding an opposition assembly facing him.
Thousands of Tunisians demonstrate against President Kaïs Saïed
And since the hemicycle has been closed for fifteen months already, it is in the street that the opponents now express themselves. On Saturday October 15, at the call of the National Salvation Front, a group of opposition parties including the Islamist movement Ennahdha, 20,000 people – according to observers – marched to express their resentment and call for the departure of Kais Saied. A major event that marks a reversal, or at least a decline in support for the tenant of Carthage.
The situation becomes more complex
Until then, he had worked to keep political groups out of the way and to reduce their impact, including that of the parties that were won over to him. He used all the legal tools at his disposal – Constitution, electoral law and legal proceedings – and deployed a populist argument aimed at maintaining a smoldering anger against the parties, held responsible for the failure of the democratic transition and the economic recession. of the last decade.
Tunisia: Kaïs Saïed, or the personal practice of power