Senior party members stated that Ennahdha had failed to face what they called the “imminent danger of tyranny.”
More than 100 well-known members of the Tunisian Baath Party resigned to protest the performance of the leadership, condemning its inability to form a united front, and opposing what they believed was President Case Said’s attempt to initiate a coup.
In a statement on Saturday, 113 senior officials of Tunisia’s largest political party announced their resignation because the party failed to deal with what they called an “imminent danger of tyranny”.
The organization accused Ennahdha of not being able to form a common front to oppose Said’s power grab, which began with the decision to dismiss the government and Parliament adjourned on July 25.
In the latest Presidential Decree It was announced on Wednesday that the former law professor had strengthened the power of the president at the expense of the government and parliament, ignoring parts of the constitution and changing the political system of Tunisia.
Among the signatories to the Ennahdha statement are eight lawmakers and several former ministers, including the former Minister of Health Abdellatif Mekki. He said in a Facebook post that he was deeply saddened by the decision but believed that it was impossible. Avoided.
“I have no choice,” he said. “For Tunisia, we must fight the coup.”
Due to the party’s response to the political crisis, some Ennahdha officials called on their leader, the Speaker of the Parliament Rached Ghannouchi, to resign.
Ennahdha reiterated that it believed that Said’s decision to suspend Parliament and dismiss the Prime Minister was “unconstitutional,” but adopted a conciliatory approach, calling on the president to revoke these measures.
Rabeb Aloui, an independent journalist from Tunisia, told Al Jazeera that tensions within the party have been brewing for some time.
In September 2020, 100 members of Ennahdha opposed Ghannouchi’s third term nomination, who has ruled the party since 1991.
“I think this is the biggest crisis the Ennahdha party has experienced,” Aloui said, referring to Saturday’s resignation.
“Since the tension began a year ago, this has been expected,” Aloui said, but added that the extent of the mutiny surprised many observers.
Since the revolution in 2011, Ennahdha has been Tunisia’s strongest political party and has played a role in supporting successive coalition governments.
In the days following July 25, Ganucci called on members of Congress and supporters to sit in outside the parliament and condemned the president’s “coup.” After the voter turnout fell below expectations, he later turned to containment rather than opposition.
The President claimed that his actions were necessary to end the government’s mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis, national economic stagnation, and political infighting.
It was cheered by a large number of Tunisians. The Ennahdha party flag was burned and party offices in certain areas of the country were targeted.