A group of National Constituent Assembly (NCA) members decided yesterday to resume their work in defiance of NCA Speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar's decision to suspend its activities.
NCA members from parties including the Congress for the Republic, Ettakatol, Ennahdha, and the Wafa Movement attended a meeting Wednesday and agreed to resume work next Monday.
Yamina Zoghlami, an Ennahdha NCA member, announced the decision, saying the NCA will resume its regular program, including plenary sessions and committee assignments after the weekend. [display_posts type=”related” limit=”3″ position=”right”]
Zoghlami denounced Ben Jaafar's suspension of the NCA a political maneuver to put pressure on different political powers in the country.
The suspension of the NCA was announced by Ben Jaafar on August 7. He said that the assembly's activities would be halted until political negotiations resume. Ben Jaafar is a member of Ettakatol, one of the parties in the ruling and the ruling three-party coalition.
Ben Jaafar's decision was highly criticized by the ruling Ennahdha party, with some of its members referring to the announcement a coup d'etat.
The members who met yesterday said they were committed to a daily presence at the NCA.
Samia Abbou, an NCA member with the Congress for Republic party, accuses some political figures of seeking to impose agendas that will prove to be harmful to the country. [display_posts type=”same_author” limit=”3″ position=”right”]
Ben Jaafar's decision is irresponsible and will further fuel the crisis, Abbou told Tunisia Live.
During a press conference on Thursday, party head Rached Ghannouchi declared the NCA would not be dissolved.
In an interview with the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Ennahdha NCA member Ameur Laarayedh announced that only the Shura Council, the highest authority within the Ennahdha party, is capable of dissolving the current government.
Laarayedh considers opposition proposals for dissolution of the NCA a “coup d'etat to all democratic efforts pursued since the revolution.
Nissaf Slama is a previous author and producer with Tunisia Live. Nissaf, who graduated from the Preparatory Institute of English Literary Studies of Tunis in 2012, joined TL early 2013 where she covered political, cultural and civil society stories. Ever since, Nissaf collaborated with the New York Times and Al Jazeera English. Nissaf also interned with the Human Rights Watch where she covered Transitional Justice sexual minorities in Tunisia. Nissaf also worked with Peace Direct's Insight On Conflict as a local peacebuilding expert. Now, Nissaf works with the International Organization for Migration- Libya.