March 31, 2023

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The new Tunisian parliament begins its first session, with the opposition refusing to recognize its “legitimacy”.

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On Monday, the new Tunisian parliament convened for the first time in its first session in December and January in the presence of elected representatives, after a referendum with just 11 percent of the vote. The new parliament will have limited powers compared to the previous one, which was dissolved by President Qaiz Saeed in July 2021, according to the decree, described by the opposition as a “coup”. A major opposition alliance, the National Salvation Front, said it would not recognize parliament as a result of “conspiracy and the boycott of elections by the majority”.

The new Tunisian parliament, elected in December and January, was inaugurated on Monday in an event where only television, radio and the official news agency were allowed to operate and journalists were not allowed to attend. with less participation Only 11 percent, its first session.

The main opposition coalition said it would not recognize its legitimacy, describing it as “the fruit of a constitutional coup”.

mud President Gice said The previous parliament, elected in July 2021, moved to rule by decree in a move described by the opposition as a coup. But Syed said his actions were legal and necessary to save Tunisia from years of corruption by a political elite that only served its interests.

The new parliament, which will operate under a constitution drawn up by Sayed himself last year and approved in a referendum with about 30 percent of the vote, will have limited powers compared to the previous parliament he dissolved.

Most of the parties boycotted the elections, and non-party candidates were included in personal lists. Most of the new parliamentarians are independent politicians.

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A main opposition coalition, which includes activists including the National Salvation Front, the Islamist Ennahda movement and Citizens Against the Coup, said it could not ratify a parliament as a result of the coup and the largely ignored elections.

France 24/Reuters