They were deprived of their salaries and their right to treatment.. “Shocking” testimonies of Tunisian MPs who were victims of presidential procedures
Tunisia – The case of the frozen Tunisian parliament member, Hajar Bouhlel, was not the exception, after she found herself deprived of her right to treatment, and she suffers from complications of cancer, as testimonies continue that were described as shocking to deputies who found themselves and their families in difficult social situations after the President of the Republic’s decision to stop their parliamentary grants.
On July 25, the Tunisian President announced exceptional measures according to which he suspended the work of Parliament, and suspended all grants and salaries of MPs, to refer more than a hundred of them to “forced unemployment”, while those working in the government sector were unable to return to their previous jobs or take their retirement and enjoyment. Health briefing because of the ambiguity of their legal status.
In a tone that is not without anger and oppression, Representative Adnan Al-Hajji tells Al Jazeera Net that after 40 years of teaching, he now finds himself in an ambiguous professional and financial situation, as he does not enjoy his wages as a parliamentarian, nor can he enjoy his retirement from his work in the government sector.
The internal system of the House of Representatives stipulates that if a representative wants to return to his previous job, he must submit his resignation to Parliament, which he refers to before the Parliament’s office to take the decision in order for it to become effective.
Al-Hajji called on the President of the Republic to reconsider the situation of the deputies, either by enabling them to receive their government salary and their right to social briefing through a presidential decree or decree, or by enabling them to grant them as representatives, as long as a decision was not issued to dissolve Parliament.
The deputy stressed that he is currently experiencing daily pressures related to providing family expenses and the price of renting a house, pointing out that his situation is similar to that of more than 120 fellow deputies, calling on the President of the Republic to stay away from the policy of revenge and revenge and to score political goals against his opponents.
call for help
In what is similar to the “sOS call” directed at the local and international human rights and political public opinion, the head of the Ennahda bloc in the frozen parliament, Imad Khamiri, said in a post on his personal account on Facebook that he was surprised that he was denied his right to treatment despite paying all his financial obligations to the Social Coverage Fund.
Al-Khamiri stressed that his wife, who is in a critical health condition, needs to undergo brain surgery, and is now threatened in her life due to the refusal of the concerned authorities to enable her to pay health coverage expenses for a second operation.
The deputy considered that there was a “targeting of the deputies and their families,” blaming the President of the Republic for the responsibility for the physical safety of his wife, calling on the concerned authorities to undo this “inhumane” decision and end the grievance to which he and his colleagues are exposed, as he described it.
Not far from the testimony of his colleague in the Ennahda movement, “Tahya Tounes” party deputy, Mustafa Ben Ahmed, announced a few days ago that he had entered a sit-in inside a government hospital, because he was deprived of his right to social coverage and free treatment.
Bin Ahmed said yesterday, Thursday, in a post on his personal account on Facebook, that he decided to break his sit-in after the Secretary-General of the Labor Union, Noureddine Taboubi, visited him in the hospital, and made promises to resolve his health and social situation.
In a related context, the representative of the Dignity Coalition, Abdul Latif Al-Alawi, launched a campaign to sell all his books and books, so that he could live and support his family under the slogan “With the book, I resist the coup.”
In his post, Al-Alawi accused the President of the Republic of “starving and cutting livelihoods”, considering it the weapon of tyrants, and pointed out that he and his fellow deputies have become without a source of livelihood and face heavy responsibilities to provide for food, treatment and housing expenses.
Lawyer and representative of the Ennahda movement, Farida Al-Obeidi, chose to go to the judiciary, and file 3 cases against the President of the Republic for overstepping power and in relation to depriving her as a deputy of her parliamentary grant.
In her speech to Al Jazeera Net, she considered that the President of the Republic exceeded his constitutional powers by issuing Presidential Order No. 117, according to which he suspended the salaries and grants of deputies and the Speaker of Parliament.
She pointed out that the Assembly of People’s Representatives enjoys financial and administrative independence, and according to Article 80 of the Constitution is in permanent session, stressing that its deputies were prevented from practicing their parliamentary activity and were “repelled from work” after the parliament was closed with tanks.
She stressed that the grant that deputies enjoy is of a living nature and no party has the right to withhold it from them, especially for those who hold the status of a public official in the state, which results in the automatic suspension of social fund services from negative effects on pensions, treatment expenses and social coverage.
It is noteworthy that Al Jazeera Net tried to communicate with the presidential authorities related to the orders issued by the President of the Republic and to stop granting deputies and deprive them of social and health coverage, but we were unable to do so.