Tunisia's labor union to boycott president’s ‘national dialogue’
Kais Saied forms advisory committee to draft new constitution, excluding political parties
Tunisia's powerful UGTT labor union on Wednesday renewed its refusal to participate in a national dialogue proposed by President Kais Saied.
“The UGTT governing body has unanimously rejected the participation in the dialogue proposed by the president,” UGTT spokesman Sami Tahri told a press conference in the capital Tunis.
“This position is final unless conditions for the dialogue are changed,” he added.
On Friday, Saied issued a presidential decree to form an advisory committee to draft a new constitution, excluding the country’s political parties from the process.
“We will not participate in this dialogue under the formal proposed,” Tahri said.
Tunisia has been in the throes of a deep political crisis since July 25, 2021, when Saied dismissed the government, suspended parliament, and assumed executive authority, in a move decried by opponents as a “coup.” He later dissolved the parliament in March after lawmakers held a session to revoke his measures.
The North African country is also going through a severe economic crisis aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic amid the ongoing Russian war on Ukraine.
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