Tunisia: Parliamentary blocs intend to prosecute Ghannouchi

Three parliamentary blocs in Tunisia intend to sue the Speaker of Parliament, Rached Ghannouchi, in the administrative court for falsifying the result of a vote on a law that will allow MPs to vote remotely.

The blocks “Reform”, “Democracy” and “Long live Tunisia” confirmed that they “investigated the fraud that took place in the ratification session concerning exceptional measures for the work of Parliament by an executive judiciary”.

Al-Ajbouni said in a statement to Erm News that “the implementation change confirmed that the number of MPs with voting rights was only 98, while the Presidency of Parliament announced that the number of voters was one.

Democratic Movement MP Hisham al-Ajbouni said: “The implementation of the party appointed by the party has been examining a video clip related to the voting of representatives to adopt extraordinary voting procedures that allow MPs to vote remotely after some of them got infected with the corona virus.

He added that “the bloc will appeal the outcome of the vote and sue the Speaker of Parliament in the Administrative Court, demanding the lifting of all measures adopted after that session.”

The Democratic Bloc accused Rashid Ghannouchi of “manipulating the number of MPs who voted for the extraordinary procedures law”.

Democratic Bloc Chairman Muhammad Ammar said: “The fraud trial was held to pass the Extraordinary Procedures Act and allow MPs to remotely vote and pass a law amending the Audiovisual Communications Act. “

Mohamed Ammar added in a media statement that “a number of MPs announced to vote for the adoption of the Extraordinary Procedures Law were outside Tunisia and did not attend the election session”.

The head of the National Reform Bloc, Hassouna al-Nassi, in turn, said his bloc “proved what Ghannouchi did through the implementing judiciary that communicated with the number of MPs who attended the voting session on the extraordinary procedures law.”

Hassouna Al-Nassi added in a statement to Erm News that “the number of MPs who took part in the vote on the Extraordinary Procedures Act was much lower than announced”.

He added that what happened at the plenary session in parliament will be decided by the judiciary after the reform bloc lodged a complaint with the administrative court.

It is noteworthy that the plenary session, during which Parliament approved the adoption of exceptional measures for its work and allowed MPs to vote remotely, saw widespread controversy due to doubts about the number of MPs eligible to vote.

Parliament decided to take extraordinary measures in its work after some of its MPs were infected with the corona virus and could not continue its work as usual.

Arab Observer

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