Dr. Nevin Mosaad, professor of political science at Cairo University, said that there remains the question about whether the decisions of Tunisian President Kais Saied are legal or not, explaining that Saied may not be fully committed to the text of Article 80 in the country’s constitution, but the political circumstance required a political decision.
Mosaad added during the symposium “Tunisia: An attempt to understand”, which was held by the Arab Center for Research and Studies on Monday, January 10, that the Tunisian president is a constitutional successor, and this is what makes him always want to talk about the constitutionality of what he did. She pointed out that what happened in Tunisia is political paralysis, conflict between the state’s parties, and the polarization of Tunisia in regional problems that have nothing to do with it.
“The constitutional articles are clear and specific, but adherence to them is not enough to resolve political crises,” Mosaad said, explaining that in Algeria and the crisis of overthrowing late President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, there was no full commitment to the text of Article 102 of the constitution, but the Chief of Staff was faced with a political situation that required intervention.
Mosaad pointed out that the same is true in Libya, as the application of constitutional articles prevents many from running in the presidential elections, but sometimes political accommodations and decisions are required more than legal and constitutional.
Mosaad explained that Saied’s decisions received popular support, while frozen Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi did not find popular support for his objection, pointing out that resorting to violence as a response to Saied’s decisions would be very calculated due to the nature of the Tunisian people. She also explained that Ghannouchi is not Che Guevara, as he likened himself, as he is only interested in controlling power.
The Arab Center for Research and Studies opened the New Year with a symposium entitled “Tunisia: An attempt to understand.” Speakers at the symposium included Dr. Nevin Mosaad, professor of political science at Cairo University; Hisham al-Najjar, researcher in the affairs of Islamist groups; Mahmoud Hamed, journalist and researcher in political affairs; and Hossam al-Haddad, researcher in political affairs.