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"People want what they don’t want"Tunisians are demonstrating against Said’s expansion of his powers at the expense of the judiciary

Tunisia (AFP) – February 13, 2022. 23:14

Protests in Tunisia after signing a decree to replace the Supreme Judicial Council

Thousands of Tunisians protested Sunday hours after Tunisian President Kais Saied signed a decree to replace The superior committee of justice He dissolved it last week and gave himself the power to dismiss judges, as well as prevent them from striking.

"The people want what you don

Hours after the decree was published on Sunday morning, more than two thousand demonstrators gathered in the center of the Tunisian capital, carrying Tunisian flags and chanting slogans against the president.

"The people want what you don

Demonstrators chanted the slogan “The people want what they don’t want” in a revival of chants launched more than a decade ago during the revolution against the regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Some also chanted, “The people want the downfall of the regime.”

"The people want what you don

Demonstrators raised banners saying “Save our democracy” and others calling for the judiciary not to be harmed.

"The people want what you don

Qais Saeed signed the decree a week after he announced the dissolution The superior committee of justice Months after his dismissal of the government in a country that is seen as the only survivor of the repercussions of the so-called “Arab Spring” in countries that have witnessed uprisings since 2011.

"The people want what you don

However, his decision to dissolve the Supreme Judicial Council, which was established in 2016 to protect judges from government influence, again angered critics who said it was establishing the return of dictatorship 11 years after the fall of the Ben Ali regime.

These fears have been fueled by the increasing use of military courts to try civilians.

"The people want what you don

The decree establishing the “Provisional Supreme Council of the Judiciary” – which names the president some of its members – gives Said the power to “request the dismissal of every judge who violates his professional duties.”

The decree also states that “judges of all kinds are prohibited from striking and all organized collective action that would disrupt or disrupt the normal functioning of the courts.”

"The people want what you don

Saeed had issued on July 25, 2021 decisions according to which he monopolized the authorities, as he suspended the parliament and dismissed the government, and since then he has exercised power by issuing decrees and suspending parts of the 2014 constitution, which he had promised to amend.

Many Tunisians had welcomed the steps he took after they were fed up with political parties they considered corrupt and seeking to achieve their own interests, but opponents accused him of returning the country to the time of the authoritarian regime.

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