Tunisia’s Tamarod plans to dissolve parliament

Tunisia’s Tamarod plans to dissolve parliament
Thu Jul 4, 2013 19:03:36

Tunisia’s Tamarod (rebellion) movement has launched a petition to dissolve the country's parliament, in a campaign similar to the one in Egypt that led to the ouster of the president.

"We don't want any support from the political parties to protect our credibility," Mohamed Bennour, one of Tamarod movement organizers said on Thursday.

His comments came shortly after the head of the ruling Ennahda party, Rached Ghannouchi, dismissed suggestions that the massive protests in Egypt that ousted President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday might be repeated in Tunisia.

But Bennour claimed that 180,000 signatures had been gathered in the past three days for the anti-government petition, "essentially by going from door to door around Tunisia."

The claim could not be verified, but the group's Facebook page has less than 4,500 members and the online petition has less than 10,000 signatures.
Tunisia’s parliament or National Assembly was elected in October 2011, months after the popular uprising that toppled veteran strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and touched off Arab Spring revolutions across the region.

The parliament is dominated by the moderate party Ennahda, which is close to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and heads Tunisia's coalition government.
But it has still failed to adopt a new constitution, due to a lack of consensus among MPs, with the first reading of the draft charter on Monday degenerating into chaos.

The National Assembly has also been repeatedly criticized for its inefficiency and the non-attendance of members.

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