Tunisia’s judiciary to conduct normal constitutional duties despite the president’s decree

Tunisia’s Judicial Council to conduct normal constitutional duties despite the president’s decree [Image: courtesy]
Tunisia—Notwithstanding President Kais Saied’s order to call off payment and privileges of the Judicial Council of Tunisia, the country’s judiciary has announced that it will keep on conducting its duties as entrenched in the law.

This is a development following a decree by Saied on Wednesday evening to “put an end to the grants and privileges” granted to members of the Supreme Judicial Council, a constitutional body monitoring the proper functioning of the courts.

“We hope that this presidential order will not be a means of putting pressure on the Supreme Judicial Council,” the head of the council, Youssef Bouzacher, said in a statement, adding that the constitution grants the council “self-management”.

The Supreme Judicial Council is a constitutional body monitoring the proper functioning of the judiciary. According to Bouzacher the council “will present its opinion on the decree” that “the constitutional structure of the judiciary cannot be compromised.”

In the latter days, concerns have been raised in Tunisia regarding the independence of the judiciary in light of Saied’s statements that the judiciary is “a function of the state,” and his allusion to the dissolution of the judiciary committees.

Last year, July 25, Saied deposed the government, suspended parliament, and assumed executive authority.

Stressing that the “exceptional measures” were intended to “save” the country, critics accuse him of planning a centralized government.