Tunisia began the countdown to the implementation of the political roadmap declared by President Kais Saied on December 13.
The roadmap, unveiled on the anniversary of what is known in Tunisia as the ‘Jasmine Revolution’, includes a referendum on potential constitutional amendments on July 25 next year and legislative elections on December 17 of the same year.
By unveiling the roadmap, President Saied has succeeded in hitting two birds with one stone.
He initially succeeded in evading local and international criticism, which mainly was induced by his failure to declare a roadmap in the past period.
The roadmap declared by the president also gives him enough time to formulate the required constitutional amendments and amendments to Tunisia’s election law.
The Tunisian president had, on more than one occasion, criticized the Tunisian constitution and the law regulating elections.
The constitution and the law, he said, were drafted in a way that favors some of the political forces that used to control the Tunisian political scene.
These forces are known to include Ennahda movement and party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia.
The movement and the party controlled the Tunisian political stage for the past decade, known among Tunisians as the ‘Black Decade’.
There are many indications of the roadmap announced by the Tunisian president.
President Saied overlooked all the criticism leveled against him in the past period, whether from Ennahda movement or from secular political forces, such as the Tunisian Labor Union.
The union has become part of political conflicts in Tunsiai, having accused the president of delaying the roadmap and establishing a new dictatorship in Tunisia.
For his part, President Saied took a hostile position hostile to some of his country’s political parties, considering them part of the corruption of the political scene during the past ten years.