June 28, 2022

Tunisian President Kais Saied on Monday appointed new members of the election fee, to be headed by Farouk Bouasker, the official gazette stated, entrenching his one-man rule and casting doubt on electoral integrity.

Saied stated final month he would substitute most election fee members, seizing management of one of many final unbiased our bodies within the North Africa nation.

Saied had already dismissed parliament and brought management of the judiciary after assuming govt authority final summer time, saying he might rule by decree in what his opponents denounce as a coup.

Saied, who asserts his actions had been authorized and wanted to save lots of Tunisia from a disaster, is rewriting the democratic structure launched after the 2011 revolution and says he’ll put it to a referendum in July.

Bouasker, head of the brand new election fee, served as vice chairman of the earlier electoral physique.

Aroussi Mansri and Sami Ben Slama, officers in earlier commissions, had been additionally appointed to the brand new physique.

Sami Ben Slama has expressed in latest months his assist for Saied’s strikes. He’s a fierce critic of the Islamist Ennahda occasion, a significant rival of Saied.

The brand new seven-member panel consists of three judges? ?and an data expertise specialist.

The fee was elected by parliament? ?after 2011.

In latest months Saied has reiterated that the fee shouldn’t be unbiased, though he received the presidential elections in 2019 underneath its supervision.

The dissolved fee’s head Nabil Baffoun had angered Saied by criticising his plans to carry a referendum and a parliamentary election later, saying such votes might solely occur inside the framework of the present structure.

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