Tunisia: Parliament convenes for first time since 2021

Source: The Hill

“Tunisia’s new parliament convened Monday, the first time the country has had a functioning legislature since the president had the previous parliament sealed off by the army in 2021. The main opposition coalition declared it won’t recognize the new parliament, whose members were chosen in December and January in elections boycotted by the president’s opponents and ignored by the masses. Just 11% of voters cast ballots. During Monday’s inaugural session, the lawmakers will elect a new speaker of parliament to succeed the leader of Islamist movement Ennahdha, Rached Ghannouchi, whose party had the largest number of members in the outgoing parliament. … The main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front, said in a statement Sunday that it doesn’t recognize the new parliament ‘resulting from an illegitimate constitution and elections that were boycotted by a large majority.'” (03/13/23)