Tunisia's Politics

From the fall of Ben Ali to the unexpected rise of Kaïs Saïed in September 2019, there’s no turning back for the Tunisian political system. After more than 50 years of dictatorship, the country's political class must answer to a population still waiting for change.
Tunisia's Politics
“Civil Society”, in the crosshairs of Kaïs Saïed
| 15 March 2022 | 15 minutes
Since 2011, Civil Society has waged many battles for human rights, justice and the democratic process. However, it has now been demonised by Kaïs Saïed, who is endangering the achievements of the past decade.
Tunisia's Politics
What are the changes to the composition of the Supreme Judicial Council?
| 25 February 2022 | 5 minutes
One week after the dissolution of the CSM was announced, a decree was issued to establish a provisional council, de facto burying its predecessor. However, the new composition has completely replaced the member election process with appointments - some of which are the exclusive prerogative of Kaïs Saïed himself. inkyfada provides an infographic overview.
Tunisia's Politics
What does the sudden dissolution of the Supreme Judicial Council mean?
| 09 February 2022 | 10 minutes
In the middle of the night between February 5 and 6, 2022, President Kaïs Saïed announced the dissolution of the Supreme Judicial Council. What is the role of this institution and what does the dissolution mean? inkyfada takes a closer look.
Tunisia's Politics
Building a democratic structure from the ground up: what is Kaïs Saïed's state plan?
| 21 October 2021 | 10 minutes
On September 22, 2021, Kaïs Saïed published a presidential decree announcing that the President of the Republic was in charge of carrying out draft amendments related to political reforms, as part of the exceptional measures adopted on July 25, 2021. These infographics review Kaïs Saïed's state project and his vision for the political system, 
Tunisia's Politics
The Al Jazeera Shutdown: Unclear Motives and Denied Responsability
| 06 August 2021 | 7 minutes
On July 26, 2021, the police closed down the premises of the Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera in Tunis, the very day after President Kaïs Saïed announced that he would apply Article 80 of the Constitution. The journalists as well as others considered to be employees are thus prevented from doing their work. Given the ambiguity of the Presidency and the Ministry of the Interior, the source of this decision remains unclear.  
Tunisia's Politics
Without a Constitutional Court, "We Have No Defence Against Authoritarianism"
| 29 July 2021 | 7 minutes
On July 25, 2021, President Kaïs Saied applied Article 80 of the Constitution to declare a state of emergency. If the decision is referred to the Constitutional Court, it is the only authority that can rule on whether or not to maintain such a situation. However, this authority, which is intended to mediate institutional conflicts, has yet to see the light of day. 
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