Ghannouchi: ‘Tunisia heading towards dictatorship’

Tunisian President Kais Saied in Tunis, Tunisia on 21 July 2022 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

Rached Ghannouchi, head of the Ennahda Movement, asserted on Friday that Saied is taking advantage of the referendum on a new constitution to re-establish a dictatorship, warning that the scenario in Sri Lanka is not far from reaching Tunisia. Ghannouchi, who was the speaker of the parliament until President Saied overthrew it, described the atmosphere prevalent in the period before the 25 July referendum as "undemocratic, static and funeral." In an interview with Reuters, Ghannouchi said that the exacerbation of economic problems and the president's complete neglect of them, along with his focus only on political change, may drive Tunisia into a social explosion similar to that of Sri Lanka. "The Sri Lankan scenario is not far from Tunisia," Ghannouchi […] Source

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