By Emily Parker | Jul 4 2013essebsi ,government ,Morsi
Major Tunisian opposition party Nidaa Tounes called for the dissolution of the country’s current government in a statement released this evening.
In the press release, signed by the party’s leader and potential presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi, Nidaa Tounes leaders call to replace Tunisia’s current government with a new “national salvation government” composed of national political figures and experts.
Nidaa Tounes Spokesperson Lazhar Akermi confirmed the party’s call to dissolve the government in a phone call with Tunisia Live this evening.
Referring to the country’s “deteriorating social situation,” the Nidaa Tounes press communique detailed several of the party’s grievances with the country’s current rulers.
According to the party, Tunisia’s current government is “marked by the absence of electoral legitimacy and consensus,” and the new constitution being drafted in the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) has been dominated by the ruling Ennahdha party and its “allies.”
The communique also criticized “the infiltration of state institutions by incompetent individuals,” “the exploitation of the justice system for use against rivals,” and “the incitement of violence to a degree that threatens the political and civilian stakeholders.”
The party detailed several additional problems that it believes have yet to be addressed in post-revolutionary Tunisia by the current government, such as “price increases which burden citizens, the continuing marginalization of unemployed youth from work, and pursuing a biased political recruiting process.”
Besides the dissolution of the current government, Nidaa Tounes expressed several other demands in the communique, including implementing a clear road map for upcoming elections, forming a technical commission charged to reform the constitution, and dissolving the Leagues for the Protection of the Revolution (LPR), a controversial group that critics accuse of using violent means to advance the goals of the ruling Ennahdha party.
Nidaa Tounes announced the party’s demands following a meeting of the party’s executive bureau this evening.
“The Nidaa Tounes leadership is totally aligned with the people's will and youth, and it announces that now it’s time to reconsider the whole path towards transitional democracy,” the communique claimed.
The statement comes after this week’s events culminating in the ousting of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.