At a meeting of the National Security Council on Wednesday 30 March, Tunisian President Kais Saied announced the dissolution of the Tunisian parliament, eight months after suspending it.
In a video released by the Presidency, the president said, “I am announcing today at this historic moment the dissolution of the Assembly of People’s Representatives to preserve the state and its institutions and to protect the Tunisian people.”
A few hours earlier, 120 deputies (out of a total of 217) met on video conference to cancel the exceptional presidential measures that “block the democratic process and restrict the power to one person in the country that was the cradle of the Arab Spring.”
The Head of State denounced “what has been called illegal ‘virtual meetings’” which are “desperate attempts without any value and attempts for a coup d’État.” The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) also rejected the meeting, saying that it aims to “bring the country into conflict and political division.”
Constitutionalists and observers have recalled that Article 72 of the Constitution, which allows the head of state to dissolve the parliament, stipulates that early legislative elections must be held 90 days after the announcement.