Tunisian President, Kais Saied, is taking a series of decisions to control the legal situation in his country, a few months after he dissolved the parliament and sacked the cabinet.
The Tunisian leader announced on February 6 the dissolution of the Supreme Judicial Council.
He took the decision, he said, because the council served the interests of specific parties, far from the good of the Tunisian public.
President Saied also accused the council of manipulating some files.
During a visit to the Ministry of the Interior on that day, the Tunisian president said the council has to consider itself part of the past.
“This council has become a place where positions are sold and the judicial movement based on loyalties,” the president said.
The decisions taken by the Tunisian president are opposed by the leaders of the Tunisian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political arm, namely Ennahda Party.
However, the same decisions come in a constitutional and legal context.
Chapter 80 of the Tunisian Constitution of 2014 stipulates that the president has the right to take exceptional decisions in the event of an imminent danger to Tunisian security and independence.
It adds that the president would take these decisions after consulting with the prime minister and the parliament speaker, along with MPs and after informing the head of the Constitutional Court.
The chapter clarifies that these measures must aim to ensure the return to the normal functioning of the state as soon as possible.
President Saied took his latest decisions in the light of this constitutional chapter.
“We will work on establishing a temporary law or decree for the Supreme Judicial Council,” the president said.
He accused some judges of amassing huge wealth in illegal manners.
The Tunisian Presidency said, meanwhile, that President Saied had highlighted the right of the Tunisian public to know the truth.
The Tunisian public also has the right to have a just judiciary whose conduct is supervised by judges who only apply the law, the presidency said.