Tunisia.. Renewed protests in several cities, and the Labor Union refuses to exclude parties and calls for early elections

The Tunisian General Labor Union called for early legislative elections after amending the electoral law, to get out of what it described as the “political crisis” plaguing the country, while social protests escalated in several cities.

The position of the union – the country’s trade union center – came a day after statements by President Qais Saeed, in which he said that he was in the process of arranging a timetable for introducing reforms to the political system in order to respond to the demands of Tunisians.

The official news agency in Tunisia quoted the spokesman of the Tunisian Labor Union, Sami Tahiri, as saying that “to get out of the current political crisis requires amending the electoral law and passing to early legislative elections.”

He added that “the next stage will be one of the most difficult ordeals, not only for the union as a national and social organization, but for all the actors in the country in light of the absence of political stability and uncertainty at the economic and financial levels.”

political desertification

In another radio statement on the sidelines of a union meeting, Al-Tahri said that the union will not accept what he described as political and social “desertification”, and cancel the role of national parties and organizations in the country, expressing his refusal to cancel the role of parties and organizations in the country, stressing the need to organize early elections to be a way out of the situation. political crisis.

Al-Tahri considered the measures announced by President Saeed last July 25 as a legitimate event and a historic opportunity, noting that it is not possible to return to the previous parliament, and reiterated the Labor Union’s call to organize a national dialogue, develop a road map, and organize early elections to overcome the current crisis.

The Tunisian president had said – two days ago during a ministerial meeting – that the crises that are being created aim to distract the Tunisian people from their real issues, adding that the judiciary in his country is independent, and that the people want to cleanse the country, and that this is only possible with a just judiciary and judges above all suspicions.

Since last July 25, the Tunisian president announced “exceptional measures”, which included the dismissal of Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashishi, the freezing of Parliament’s competencies, under which he headed the Public Prosecution and the Executive Authority with the assistance of a government whose president he later appointed, abolishing the constitutionality control body of laws, and issuing legislation by presidential decrees.

While most of the political forces opposed Said’s measures and considered them a “coup” against the constitution, other parties supported them and considered them necessary in order to “dismantle the Triangle of Destruction, which was the main reason for sabotaging the revolution represented by corruption, terrorism and smuggling.”

Unemployed protests

In a related context, eyewitnesses reported that a number of unemployed people with university degrees stormed – yesterday evening, Friday – the headquarters of the Kasserine governorate (central western Tunisia), while others staged protests on Bourguiba Street in the capital and in front of a number of governorate headquarters.

The protests came in protest of Saeed’s refusal to activate a law relating to the employment of university degree holders whose unemployment exceeds 10 years. The protesters raised slogans denouncing the president’s decision, and others considered work a constitutional right.

In the southwestern governorate of Gafsa, dozens of people demonstrated against what they considered a president’s “retreat” of their support, and raised slogans, including “Serve us, serve us, and don’t shake our stand” (we want employment or stop us in prisons).

Saeed had confirmed – during his meeting with Minister of Employment Nasr al-Din al-Nusabi – that the law relating to exceptional employment for those whose unemployment has been prolonged cannot be implemented, accusing the parties that approved it of selling illusions, because it aimed to contain the anger of unemployed youth, but he promised the unemployed to employ them in new private companies, Within perceptions will be activated later.

The meeting touched on Law 38 issued on August 13, 2020, which relates to exceptional provisions for employment in the government sector for those whose unemployment exceeds 10 years.

waste crisis

In the coastal governorate of Sfax in the center of the country, protesters organized a sit-in in front of the local headquarters of the tax administration to protest against the continuing crisis of waste accumulation in the city.

The protesters raised slogans calling for tax disobedience and non-payment of state tax dues until a final solution is found to the city’s waste accumulation crisis, which has been going on for nearly two months.

“We call on all Sfax residents to tax disobedience (not paying taxes) in protest of the violation of our lives,” said Shahir Kammoun, coordinator of the “Yazi Ma Saktna” movement.

“There is a potential health disaster due to the accumulation of waste and insects and the spread of unpleasant odors, in addition to the serious environmental repercussions,” Kammoun added to Anadolu Agency.

The people of Aqrab city in Sfax governorate rejected the government’s proposals to solve the landfill crisis, and expressed their adherence to closing the landfill immediately, and invited President Said to visit the city and engage in dialogue with the people, according to their expression.

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