Tunisian president eyes early end of ‘exceptional measures’

FILE PHOTO: Tunisia's President Kais Saied./ Fethi Belaid/Pool
Tunisia’s President Kais Saied speaks at the Carthage Palace outside the capital. /REUTERS

Tunisian President Kais Saied said on Thursday that he intended to speed up the end of the “exceptional measures” announced on July 25, when Saied suspended parliament and assumed executive authority amid protests.

On July 25, the Tunisian president announced that he had removed Hichem Mechichi from the post of prime minister and suspended all activities of the Assembly of People’s Representatives, or the parliament. On September 29, he appointed Najla Bouden as the prime minister.

“These exceptional measures were decided in an attempt to rescue the country and our people,” Saied said in a video broadcast.

In his speech to the ministerial council, Saied insisted on his will and determination to “guarantee the rights and freedom of all citizens, in accordance with the constitution.”

“Tunisia has entered a new phase that requires new approaches and visions in order to manage public affairs,” he added.

The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) in a statement, welcomed the decision.

“Ending the exceptional measures is key to the country’s “stability and the continuation of building democracy and stops external pressure campaigns practiced by some countries.”