Political Comment - Tunisia Crisis
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Political Comment - The Governance Crisis in Tunisia
Following the widespread popular protests in several Tunisian cities against the government and al-Nahda Movement with the deteriorating economic situation amid the rampant coronavirus pandemic and the ravaged political situation by rifts between the president, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of Parliament, Tunisian President Kais Saied decided on Sunday 25 July 2021 to freeze parliament, revoke the immunity of all parliamentarians, dismiss Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and assume personally all executive powers.
Kais Saied took the decision soon after he had met security and military leaders at the presidential Carthage Palace, and after he had harnessed the resentment of the masses against the government of Mechichi and its mishandling of the coronavirus file. President Kais Saied wanted to pave the way for involving the army in the political crisis. Hence, he handed the coronavirus file to the army instead of the health minister who was dismissed following the scenes of chaos at the vaccination centres lacking medical supplies. Moreover, President Kais Saied has been for some time hampering the efforts of parliament to establish the Tunisian Constitutional Court, lest it should initiate a constitutional undertaking to remove him; such state of affairs reflects the severity of political polarisation, the plotting and the factional conspiring at the expense of the masses.
The Tunisian presidency announced on its official Twitter page that President Kais Saied “had taken these decisions after consulting the Prime minister and the Speaker of Parliament, according to Article 80 of the Constitution… to protect the entity of the homeland, and the security and independence of the country, and to secure the normal process of the state.” The Speaker of Parliament, Rashed al-Ghannouchi, for his part accused President Kais Saied of carrying out “a coup against the revolution and the constitution,” and called on the supporters of al-Nahda and the masses to take to the streets and protect the state institutions and the achievements of the “revolution”.
In order to perceive the nature of the Tunisian domestic struggle, which is no more that a reflection of the foreign jostling and influence, and a clash of interests between the conventional colonial power represented by France and its successor represented by the US, conducted through lowly domestic tools, it is imperative to indicate that the cause of the Tunisian crisis lies in America’s endeavour to confer on Germany a leading political role at the expense of France following Britain’s exit from the European Union, while France has been striving to mobilise the European states behind her by shuffling the deck, stirring up trouble, deepening the rifts, and heightening tension in the countries of the southern Mediterranean basin which has been evoking the fears of the European states from immigration and terrorism, such as erupting the Tunisian tussles, inciting the Algerian masses and her agents in Algeria to bring the situation back to square one, especially after she had failed in amassing the support of a weighty number of European states to hold a Russo-Franco-German summit to tackle the Russo-European relationship in isolation of American volition, and after she had been dealt a series of painful blows by the US in Chad, Mali, Algeria, Libya, and the Eastern Mediterranean, which were designed to threaten France’s economic interests and her international, continental and regional standing, and inevitably undermine the confidence of the French masses in their leadership, and enable America to regulate French and European policy according to her interests while bulwarking her chieftainship and unilateral dominion over the international situation.
This American manoeuvring had a direct impact on the French and American areas of influence, including the recent events of Tunisia. The standpoint of Tunisian President Kais Saied was expected as a plan, contained in an “absolutely top secret” document dated 13 May and sent to Kais Saied’s chief of staff at the Carthage Place Nadia Akacha, was leaked to Middle East Eye in which one of the President’s collaborators called for a soft coup which would lead to concentrating all powers in the hands of the President of the Republic. According to international data pertinent to the Franco-American relationship and information revealing that President Kais Saied received instructions from France, in addition to the leaked reports exposing Kais Saied’s relationship with the CIA, the decision of Kais Saied to stage a constitutional coup was most probably inspired by France with the aim of mobilising the European states behind her so that she may disrupt America’s endeavour to confer a leadership role on Germany and preserve the remnants of her areas of influence and interests in Africa and Europe, especially with regards to NATO and its control over European security, knowing that Kais Saied’s action came three days after his meeting with Secretary of State at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, and that Tunisia received an aid package from France following the coup in support of Kais Saied.
However, there are several signs indicating that the US has not been absent from the scene; in fact, her overseeing of the Tunisian top brass -who colluded with President Kais Saied in staging the soft coup via the AFRICOM forces, and her support of the Tunisian armed forces with billions of dollars since 2011, indicates that she is laying a trap for President Kais Saied and his Francophile cronies to either muzzle them or uproot them from power altogether through dialogue or the armed forces, whom she harnessed in the past to topple President Zein Al-Abideen in total oblivion of the French. The signs of the American lurking were reflected in the Turkish standpoint opposing the decisions of President Kais Saied lest the crisis should have a knock-on effect on Libya and Algeria and in Prime Minister Hicham Mechichi’s call for a cabinet meeting, as well as the call of the parliamentary group leader of Dignity Coalition, Seifeddine Makhlouf, for an emergency parliamentary session to adopt a motion calling for the removal of the Head of State due to his violation of the constitution and exposing the country to the threat of domestic strife. The signs were also evident in Tunisia’s domestic reactions, especially those of al-Nahda and the calls of former President and US agent, Monsef al Marzouki, on the masses to reject the coup.
Hence, Kais Saied, with the backing of France, is not expected to succeed in seizing the reins of power and removing his opponents, even though America is endeavouring to liquidate the remnants of the Arab Spring, including al-Nahda on which the US has unleashed the Emirates to weaken it, downsize its role and alienate it from the political scene at a later stage, as part of her campaign to destroy all those who hoist the banner of Islam, such the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Nahda, which has abandoned several axiomatic Islamic rules for the sake of preserving its partisan achievements; America aims from all this to establish an unadulterated secularism at the political, societal and partisan levels in the Muslims’ lands, so that the only role assigned to the “Islamic” movements will be to serve the collaborating regimes and act as their mount and safety valve, and as a crane for Western values.
Dear Muslims in Tunisia,
Your three top officials have revealed their bad blood and rottenness, and unleashed their hunger for power, set about jostling for it and exploiting you as fuel for their conspiracies, whims, and adventures, which Allah forbid, could lead to a bloodbath.
Their depravity sunk to the level of seeking support from foreign ambassadors and placing the causes of the struggle, its outcomes and solutions before them, in a barefaced scene highlighting the extent of decline within the political milieu and its detachment from you, and outlining the extent of their loyalty to the West, its culture, and its interests.
What we can conclude from the ferocity of the struggle between the political powers, whose thought, behaviour and history of their men, are witness to their affiliation to the West, especially France and the US whose former Secretary of Defence, Mark Thomas Esper, signed a ten-year deal with Kais Saied to upgrade US-Tunisian relations amid the silence of the rest of the political forces and the so-called representatives of Islam, is that the unfolding events are but a struggle within the camp of the collaborators who are acting as watchdogs for the interests of the colonialists, and that any outcomes of this crisis at the hands of those mercenaries will be but an agreement between the clique of thieves, the traders in religion and politics and the investors in the “revolutions” and the blood of the innocents, through the slogans of religion, nationalism, patriotism, and democracy.
Therefore, we call on our people in Tunisia to shun the political milieu and reject its political outcomes. They ought to meet the politicians who do not belong to this Ummah with contempt and ridicule, and adopt the implementing of Shari'ah as their criterion for appraising the performance of the rulers, until Allah the Almighty bestows upon us a pious ruler and an Islamic State, which will uproot falsehood and its people, and the influence of the colonialist Kuffar from our lands altogether and for good.
“O you who believe! Respond to Allah and to the Messenger when he calls you to that which gives you life.” [al-Anfal-24]
16 Thil Hijjah 1442h
26 July 2021