Tunisia’s president has refused to relinquish emergency powers and announced that he has suspended parliament indefinitely – prompting accusations that he put the only democracy emerging from the Arab Spring on a path back to authoritarianism.
With the support of the military, President Said dismissed the Prime Minister and Parliament dissolved on 25 July, grants himself 30 days of emergency powers under the constitution to reinstate institutions. And yesterday, a minute before the deadline for this, a presidential decree was issued declaring that “extraordinary measures” will remain until further notice.
He did not give a reason for his decision but said he would speak before the nation in the coming days.
Michael Galler, current rapporteur in the European Parliament denounced