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World Tunisia's Ghannouchi calls for return to democracy

10:41  30 july  2021
10:41  30 july  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Tunisia ' s Ennahda party on Tuesday condemned President Kais Saied’s move to suspend parliament and sack the government as an “attempted coup against democracy ,” saying Tunisians “will not accept a return to dictatorship.” Yusra Ghannouchi , international spokesperson for the party and the What’s happening right now is “quite worrying,” she said, adding: “It's a very serious danger to Tunisia and its security and stability.” “This is all worrying and must be condemned by the international community and all supporters of democracy around the world and to have a clear call for returning

In Tunisia by contrast, Ennahda - outlawed before 2011 - has been integral to successive coalition governments and is now the largest party in the fragmented parliament, with its leader Rached Ghannouchi serving as speaker. Ghannouchi initially called for people to come out against Saied as protesters did against a veteran autocratic leader in 2011, and led a sit-in outside parliament, before backing down and urging calm and dialogue. "There is awareness within Ennahda that we need to avoid escalation and must keep calm in our democracy ," said Maher Madhioub, a Ghannouchi adviser.

Tunisia's parliament speaker Rached Ghannouchi, in an interview with AFP, has called for a return to democracy after President Kais Saied's shock power grab at the weekend.

Rachid Ghannouchi wearing a suit and tie: Tunisia's parliament speaker and and Ennahdha party leader Rached Ghannouchi gives an interview with AFP at his office in the capital Tunis on July 29, 2021 © FETHI BELAID Tunisia's parliament speaker and and Ennahdha party leader Rached Ghannouchi gives an interview with AFP at his office in the capital Tunis on July 29, 2021

Ghannouchi, also leader of the Islamist-inspired party Ennahdha, voiced regret at the lack of dialogue with the presidency, and warned that if no agreement is reached on the formation of a government and the reopening of the legislature, "we will invite the Tunisian people to defend their democracy".

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TUNIS — Rachid Ghannouchi , the head of Tunisia ' s main Islamist party and speaker of parliament After the revolution, Ghannouchi returned to Tunisia to a hero’s welcome. But he opted not to run The compromises it made for Tunisian democracy — and, crucially, for its own political survival — enabled it Anti-Ennahda and anti- Ghannouchi slogans abounded, as well as calls for parliament’s

Ghannouchi ’ s return to Tunisia and the renewed legal activities of Ennahdha met with. many difficulties. Critics from within the secular parties of Tunisia , such as the Progressive. the representatives in the Tunisian parliament. (3) The drafting of theological justifications for democracy in Islam, published in literature. and in media articles. The coalition between Ennahdha and the secular parties.

Question: You have called for dialogue. Where do things stand now?

Answer: "There is no dialogue today with the president nor with his advisers. But we think we need a national dialogue.

"We are trying to use all peaceful means -- dialogue, negotiations, street pressure, pressure from organisations... internal and external pressure -- to bring back democracy."

Question: You mentioned early parliamentary elections. What would you be ready to negotiate?

Answer: "We are ready to make all concessions so that democracy can return to Tunisia.

"The Tunisian constitution is more important than our staying in power. We are always ready for all concessions in the context of a return to democracy, and not the imposition of dictatorship and a coup d'etat."

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The European Union has urged Tunisian President Kais Saied to return stability to the country as soon as possible. Ousted Prime Minister Hichem Michechi has made his first comments since his dismissal. His comments followed in the footsteps of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who urged Tunisian President Kais Saied in a phone call on Monday to "adhere to the principles of democracy and human rights," according to a statement from the State Department. Borrell pointed to the financial support the EU has given to Tunisia to aid with the country' s economic crisis in the fallout

Tunisia ' s parliament speaker and Ennahdha party leader Rached Ghannouchi , gives an Since the revolution, Ghannouchi , a strict Islamist for some and yet a pragmatist who cohabits with democracy for After his return to Tunisia in the late 1960s, he founded the "Movement of the Islamic Tendency" in In 2020, one hundred influential members leaked a letter calling for Ghannouchi to stand down.

Question: Some of your supporters are calling on donors to suspend aid to Tunisia to put pressure on President Saied. Does the solution for Tunisia lie abroad?

Answer: "We are not calling for starving the Tunisian people. We care about the interests of the Tunisian state, the Tunisian people, and it does not depend on who is in power."

Question: Isn't Ennahdha paying for its mistakes, its alliances with politicians prosecuted for corruption, its reluctance to set up the constitutional court on time?

Answer: "There have been mistakes in the economic and social fields, and Ennahdha bears a part of the responsibility, which corresponds to the part of power it has held.

"The parties in parliament made the mistake of not managing to establish a constitutional court... President Saied has used the absence of a constitutional court to monopolise the interpretation of the constitution and to make himself the constitutional court, and that's an error in which we all bear a part of the responsibility."

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Tunisia ' s parliament speaker and Ennahdha party leader Rached Ghannouchi , gives an Since the revolution, Ghannouchi , a strict Islamist for some and yet a pragmatist who cohabits with democracy for After his return to Tunisia in the late 1960s, he founded the "Movement of the Islamic Tendency" in In 2020, one hundred influential members leaked a letter calling for Ghannouchi to stand down.

The Islamists were Tunisia ' s strongest opposition force at the time Mr Ben Ali cracked down on them in 1989 but are thought not to have played a leading role in the popular revolt. Up to 10,000 young men and veiled women packed the arrival hall and car park. Some climbed trees and electricity pylons to catch a glimpse of the 69-year-old Ghannouchi , who says he has no ambition to run for state office. "Oh great people who called for this blessed revolution, continue your revolution, preserve it and translate it into democracy , justice and equality," Mr Ghannouchi told the crowd, to chants of "Allahu

Question: How do you see the future?

Answer: "We must not reach the 30 days desired by the president (the time limit for emergency measures under the constitution). This should be the maximum limit to the suspension of the institutions and the constitution, and during this period there should be discussions between the president and the political parties to agree on a prime minister, on a government and on the presentation of this government to parliament before the end of the month."

Question: Are you calling on your supporters to mobilise?

Answer: "Since the start, we have called on the people to fight the coup d'etat with all peaceful means, and this resistance will continue with peaceful means.

"If there is no agreement on the return of parliament, on the formation of a government and its presentation to parliament, the Tunisian street will undoubtedly mobilise and we will invite the Tunisian people to defend their democracy.

"He (Saied) put locks on parliament, a tank at its door, that's a very serious error to say the least."

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Lead 1-Tunisia-The Ennahda leader briefly hospitalized .
Tunisia-Politics / Ghannouchi (Lead 1): Lead 1-Tunisia-the leader of Ennahda briefly hospitalized (updated after the hospital release ) Tunis, August 2 (Reuters) - Rached Ghannouchi, "Speaker" of the Tunisian Parliament and leader of the Ennahda Party, was admitted to the Sunday hospital, were he learned from two of his advisers, while The country crosses a political crisis and moderate Islamist training accused President Kaïs Saïed for conducting a coup.

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