After meeting with the leader of Tunisia’s powerful labor union on Friday, Tunisian President Kais Saied stated that there would be no one solution to the country’s political turmoil.
Saied went on to say that he would not talk to individuals who wanted to destabilize the government or “those who loot the people’s riches.”
The leader of the Tunisian General Labor Union, Noureddine Taboubi, stated that the union and Saied have decided to work together in defining Tunisia’s future.
After MPs convened online, Tunisia summoned the speaker of the dissolved parliament for questioning on charges of “conspiracy against state security.”
On Thursday, Rached Ghannouchi, the Ennahdha party’s leader, was summoned “to question him regarding the conducting of a plenary meeting,” according to party spokeswoman Imed Khemiri.
Ghannouchi, 81, was charged with “plotting against state security, which is a hazardous precedent,” according to Khemiri, who was summoned for the same reason.
Ghannouchi stated on Thursday that anti-terrorism police had summoned at least 30 legislators for questioning.
On Wednesday, President Kais Saied dissolved parliament.
It happened eight months after he fired the government, froze parliament, and assumed broad powers before declaring martial law.
The president’s statement came just hours after legislators had their first online plenary session since Saied’s power grab and passed a bill opposing his “special measures.”
Saied’s request to dissolve parliament was later denied by Ghannouchi.
Saied, a former law professor who was elected in 2019 amid public outrage at the political establishment, has granted himself the authority to rule and legislate by decree, as well as seize control of the court.
For the past eight months, the Tunisian parliament building has been shuttered and guarded by security officers.