Tunisia’s powerful union calls to change political system
TUNIS – Tunisia’s powerful labour union on Friday called on the president to propose changes to the political system and put them to a referendum after his seizure of governing powers in July in a move critics called a coup.
The UGTT union, which has so far backed President Kais Saied since he sacked the prime minister, suspended parliament and said he was taking over executive authority, has for weeks urged him to name a government and announce a roadmap for the crisis.
On Friday, its leader Noureddine Taboubi, also indicated it would back changes to the constitution and political system, blaming them for the gridlock that preceded Saied’s intervention on July 25.
“The main problem in Tunisia is the political and constitutional system that has crippled everything and left no way for progress,” he told reporters, adding that any changes must be put to a referendum.