Tunisia’s Political Crisis:
14th September 2021 — 1:00Pm TO 2:30PM
ONLINE – Zoom Digital platform
The Tunisian political transition has been in turmoil for some time now. Struggle over powers and prerogatives has been the main feature of the Tunisian polity since 2011. The socio-economic hardships, and the political deadlock, further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic seem to have brought this promising transition to a sudden and unexpected halt. Based on a legal interpretation of article 80 of the Tunisian constitution, the Tunisian president, Kais Saied announced on 25th July 2021, his decision to dismiss the government of the Prime Minster Hicham Mechichi and assume all executive powers, suspend the parliament and the legal immunity of parliamentarians. He also took full control of the general prosecutor’s office. The Tunisian society is divided more than ever between those taking to the streets in opposition accusing the President of staging a coup, and those hailing these exceptional constitutional measures as corrective measure to protect the Tunisian State and Democracy.
The International Center for Dialogue Initiatives (ICDI) is pleased to organize this webinar, as a platform for Tunisian experts to explore the following questions:
- How did Tunisia’s promising political transition take this dramatic turn?
- Are the Presidential decisions a threat to the nascent democratic transition in Tunisia or necessary preemptive measures to protect this transition?
- Are the current developments natural symptoms of any democratization travail?
- Will the Tunisians be able to repeat the feat of 2011, by peacefully and without foreign interference, resolving the crisis?
- How did the political economy of transition affect the Tunisian political trajectory?
- What are the options for Tunisia’s democratic transition to resume its course and what are the likely scenarios?