New Political Groups Seize July 25 as Launching Pad

Demonstrators supporting President Kais Saied in Tunis on October 3, 2021. Photo by Chahd Lina Belhadj.

New political groupings, parties, and movements have launched or gained prominence in the wake of President Kais Saied’s decision on July 25 to suspend Parliament, dismiss the previous government, and concentrate powers under the presidency. Meshkal/Nawaat spoke with members or representatives of several of these groups shortly after July 25; they said that the president’s decisions created a new political environment with new conditions ripe for making the changes they want to see. All of them strongly criticized or denounced the political system ante July 25 as undemocratic.

Some of these groups uncritically support President Kais Saied while others have expressed criticism of him. Given that President Saied does not have a political party or an organization officially linked to him and his political project, several groups claiming to support him have been gaining press attention to determine, as Nawaat asked of Saied during his 2019 electoral campaign, their political identity…

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