TUNIS, 22 February 2021 – The Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi should leave politics,, a former leading member of the speaker’s Islamic movement.
He should resign especially because Islamists have failed to offer an alternative to the state boosting efforts of the last decade, former Deputy Parliament Speaker Abdelfattah Morou told The Arab Weekly Sunday in an interview.
The failed system has generated nothing but crisis, Morou argued.
The criticism breaks with practice within the movement which was established by the 2014 constitution.
The error is that it established a two-headed executive authority, said Morou.
He added that the call for street demonstrations by Emnahdha “is a mistake because the parties in power should focus on accomplishments, not on protests”.
Mourou was commenting on the calls for demonstrations amid a constitutional and political impasse faced by Tunisia as a result of a recent ministerial reshuffle.
Mourou called demonstrations dangerous.
Mourou, who retired from politics and left Ennahda in 2019, admitted failure in the interview, saying, “We could not abolish personalised power once and for all, so we strove to advance the system, but we fell into the trap of endowing the same authority with two heads and this is a mistake”.
As a consequence, he continued, “each part of the authority claims power to itself. I am against this system. I said that earlier,” he concluded.
The recent crisis hin Tunisia has led to calls for President Kais Said to be impeached.