Tunisia’s upcoming parliamentary elections in December will be boycotted by the opposition National Salvation Front, according to a statement on Wednesday.
The front’s head, Ahmed Najib Chebbi, told a press conference in the capital Tunis that “the elections will be held under the supervision of a body that is not neutral and is loyal to the ruling authority.”
Amid a deep political crisis in the North African nation, Tunisia will hold parliamentary elections on December 17.
The holding of early elections in Tunisia “under the 2014 Constitution to be supervised by an independent electoral commission that enjoys the confidence of all parties” has been called by Chebbi
He expressed, “We extend our hand to all national forces to agree on a national salvation government to deal with the social crisis” in Tunisia.
Ennahda, Heart of Tunisia Party, the Dignity Coalition, the Movement Party, and the Al-Amal Party make up the major opposition coalition.
Since last year, when President Kais Saied ousted the government, suspended parliament and assumed executive authority. He later dissolved the assembly after lawmakers held a session to challenge his measures, Tunisia has been in the throes of a deep political crisis that aggravated the country’s economic conditions.
While he insists that his measures were meant to “save” the country, critics have accused Saied of orchestrating a coup.