Upon the dissolution of the Parliament in Tunisia, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şentop, Speaker of GNAT, makes a written statement. April 4, 2022

The statement of the Speaker of GNAT Şentop is as follows:

“It is extremely worrying that the Tunisian House of Representatives was dissolved with a desicion taken on March 30, 2022, and that criminal investigations carried out against the Speaker of the House and some of the parliamentary executives and deputies for their legislative actions.

The abolition of the House of Representatives, which represents the will of the Tunisian people, despite the absence of a provision in the Constitution that  clearly allows this, is clearly against the law and democratic principles.

Any decision or action that prevents elected parliaments and deputies from fulfilling the duties assigned to them by the Constitution is a coup to the Constitutional democratic order. The fact that these decisions or actions are carried out by other authorities instead of the military forces of the country does not reduce the gravity and illegitimacy of such initiatives that ignore the will of the people. To oppose the coups without discrimination and to stand by the will of the people against the coup plotters in any case is the common conscientious responsibility of all parliaments, whose foundation is democracy.

It is the most natural right of the Tunisian people, who have been struggling to establish a democratic system for a long time and have suffered greatly, to be governed according to the Constitution, legal rules and democratic principles. As the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye, I would like to express that we stand by the Tunisian people and their constitutional parliaments and we find all kinds of unlawful and non-democratic interference with the parliament unacceptable.

On behalf of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye, our wish is for the friendly and brotherly people of Tunisia to be governed by their own will, in a way that the Tunisian Constitution and the rules of law work.

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