Tunisia.. Ennahda refuses to dominate the judiciary and demands the return of the Anti-Corruption Commission

The Ennahda movement expressed its rejection of the executive authority’s domination of the judiciary, in reference to President Kais Saied’s recent decision regarding the Supreme Judicial Council, while dozens of employees of the National Anti-Corruption Authority protested in Tunisia today to demand the reinstatement of the authority.

Today, Monday, Ennahda movement “denounced the attempts to distort the Supreme Judicial Council, declaring its rejection of the executive authority’s dominance of the judiciary.”

The movement said – in a statement signed by its president, Rashid Ghannouchi – that it rejects the attempts of the executive authority to dominate the judiciary, after seizing the rest of the authorities (…) and putting pressure on them.

It denounced the continuous attempts to distort the Supreme Judicial Council, and the attempt to use the judiciary to target opponents of the coup.

The movement’s position came after the country’s president issued a decree last Wednesday stipulating an end to the grants and privileges granted to members of the Supreme Judicial Council, a constitutional body concerned with monitoring the proper functioning of the judiciary.

The issuance of the decree was preceded by a statement by President Saeed, in which he said that the judiciary is a function of the state, and hinted at the possibility of dissolving the Supreme Judicial Council.

A number of political parties and non-governmental organizations in Tunisia expressed their rejection of the presidency’s interference in the work of the Supreme Judicial Council, stressing the protection of the independence of the judiciary.


Dozens of employees of the National Anti-Corruption Authority protested in Tunisia today to demand the reinstatement of this constitutional body and the settlement of their professional status.

The protesters raised slogans in front of the headquarters of the commission on the outskirts of the capital, Tunis, most notably “occupy the freedom of national dignity,” and demanded the return of the commission. Adel Al-Obaidi, an employee of the authority and a spokesman for the protesters, stated that the authority’s employees and aides have complied with the decisions that stipulated the closure of the authority’s headquarters and eviction of employees since August 20, 2021.

Al-Obaidi added that so far – legally – there is no decision to close the National Anti-Corruption Authority, but the decision issued last August is a decision to dismiss it from its employees.

On August 20, President Said issued an order to dismiss the authority’s secretary general, Anwar bin Hassan, from his position, and also ordered the person in charge of running the Ministry of Interior, Reda Gharslawi – on the same day – to vacate the authority’s headquarters of its employees amid a security presence. without explaining the reasons.

The protesters also demanded today the settlement of the professional status of the authority’s 150 employees and assistants, whose contracts expire on December 31, 2021, and have not yet been automatically renewed, which has been the case since the launch of the authority’s work in 2016.

It should be noted that Tunisia has been suffering from a severe political crisis since 25 July. When Saeed began imposing exceptional measures, including: freezing the powers of Parliament, issuing legislation by presidential decrees, dismissing the prime minister and appointing new ones.

Most of the political and civil forces in Tunisia – including Ennahda – reject these measures, and see them as a coup against the constitution, while other forces support them and see them as a correction to the course of the 2011 revolution.

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