Controversy over two agreements with Turkey and Qatar and Ghannouchi under fire: Tunisia

Two “suspicious” trade agreements with Turkey and Qatar have sparked controversy in Tunisia, prompting parliament to postpone the vote on them, accompanied by accusations by MPs of Parliament Speaker Rashid Ghannouchi of abusing his authority, to enable the two countries to further penetrate and tighten the grip on the Tunisian economy, within the framework of a linked political agenda The Muslim Brotherhood project in Tunisia.

The Tunisian Parliament
The Tunisian Parliament

Abeer Moussa, head of the “Free Constitutional Party” bloc questioned the goals of these two agreements and considered them “suspicious” and marrying Tunisia in the game of axes and alignment behind the Brotherhood.

Parliament was preparing to hold two consecutive sessions, on Wednesday and Thursday, to consider a draft law related to approval of an agreement between the Tunisian government and Qatar Development Fund on opening an office in Tunisia, and another agreement on the encouragement and mutual protection of investment between the Tunisian Republic and the Republic of Turkey, but the bill was met with a popular rejection Parliamentary.


Abeer Musa

Moussa stressed in a press conference the seriousness of allowing the opening of a fund for Qatar in Tunisia, which will have great authority according to the text of the draft law, and approval of the agreement with Turkey, noting that they are colonial agreements that serve the Qatari and Turkish interests more than Tunisian, and stressed that passing it in Parliament “will authorize The Turkish-Qatari alliance with the Tunisian brothers dominate the national sovereignty. ”

Moussa accused Parliament Speaker Rashid Ghannouchi of exploiting the Corona Virus crisis and “violating laws to pass” dangerous projects on the country without accountability or control, in order to impose the hegemony of the Turkish-Qatari alliance inside Tunisia, noting that all parties in Parliament are under his influence and authority.

For his part, considered the MP for the “Long live Tunisia”, Mabrouk Korshid, in a video posted on his Facebook page, that “Turkey has a colonial settlement project and its agreement violates the principles of Tunisian sovereignty.”

Korshid called on all deputies to reject this agreement because it is “harmful to Tunisia and allows direct institutions and Turkish people to own real estate in Tunisia and even peasant lands,” adding that “this agreement is of higher value than Tunisian domestic laws that prevent foreigners from owning property in Tunisia”, and “removes the jurisdiction of the judiciary The Tunisian has over the Turkish investor, and the judiciary does not have the right to guard him over any of the points, “stressing that it is an agreement” that violates Tunisia’s honor and the rights of Tunisians. ”


Hatem Al-Maliki

In turn, the parliament member and head of the “National Bloc” Hatem al-Maliki criticized the way parliament was run by Rashid al-Ghannushi, and said that he “now treats everyone as if he is a president.”

Al-Maliki pointed out, during a dialogue session with the ministers of local affairs and trade and the minister of state at the prime minister in charge of the public function, governance and anti-corruption in parliament, the relationship of rapprochement between Ghannouchi and Turkey, stressing that “the presidency of the parliament has become a Sultanate … Ghannouchi issues laws and excludes deputies.”

In the same context, the Tunisian Labor Union, the country’s largest trade union organization, warned, in a statement, against “exploiting the circumstance to pass foreign projects and agreements hostile to Tunisia’s interests and mortgaging the future of generations in favor of foreign alignments and alliances,” considering that “any step in this direction will be faced with popular rejection and civil confrontation” The Union will not delay the struggle necessary to bring it down. 

Arab Observer

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