The Tunisian movement “Ennahda” underlined, on Thursday, the importance of the promulgation, by the President of the Republic Kais Saied, of the law on the Constitutional Court, recently approved by the Assembly of the Representatives of the People.
In a press release published on its official social media, the movement declared: “the signing of laws constitutes” an imperative duty “for the president and is a competence which is exclusive to him.”
The Movement called for “providing all the conditions for the establishment of the Constitutional Court to perfect the foundations of the political system and democratic institution.”
President Kais Saied refused, on April 3, to promulgate the law on the Constitutional Court and sent it back to Parliament for a second reading, on the pretext of non-compliance with “provisions of the Constitution concerning the constitutional deadlines for the election of the members of the Court”.
The Parliament renewed the approval of the bill on May 4 with the same amendments, which allow the Supreme Judicial Council and the Presidency of the Republic to choose 8 members of the Court without waiting for the Parliament to complete the election of 3 of the 4 members.
Tunisia is going through a political crisis due to disagreements between Saied and the head of government Hichem Mechichi due to a cabinet reshuffle announced by the latter on January 16.
Despite parliamentary approval, Saied refuses to invite new ministers to take the constitutional oath at Carthage Palace, arguing that the amendment was tainted with “violations.” These were rejected by Mechichi.
The fact that the Constitutional Court which stipulated by the 2014 Constitution, has not been established yet, which can end this conflict between state powers in Tunisia, both deepens the crisis and renders it unresolved.