Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned yesterday that the draft constitution proposed by Tunisian President Kais Saied would give him broader powers than the current charter, which envisages a hybrid presidential-parliamentary system.
“The draft constitution proposed by Tunisian President Kais Saied enumerates many rights but destroys the controls and counterbalances needed to protect them,” HRW said on its website. Saied suspended much of the current constitution in September 2021, two months after assuming executive powers, suspending Parliament and lifting parliamentary immunity.
“It’s not enough for a constitution to list human rights,” said Eric Goldstein, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.
“A constitution should create institutions and mechanisms to protect rights from being trampled upon, and that is what Saied’s draft constitution for Tunisia is dangerously lacking in,” he added.
Saied presented the text of the draft constitution on June 30, 2022 and urged Tunisians to adopt it in a national referendum scheduled for July 25. Numerous political parties have spoken out against the draft, urging citizens not to vote for it.
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