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Tunisia’s Third Republic Coalition Demands Regime Change

Tunisia’s Third Republic Coalition Demands Regime Change

Friday, 12 June, 2020 - 09:30
Members of the honor guard stand at attention during a flag-raising in place of Kasba in Tunis, Tunisia, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Tunisia’s Third Republic Coalition, a citizen initiative that involves organizations and civil society, has set forth its demands which include the dissolution of the House of People's Representatives (parliament) and the formation of a technocrat-led caretaker government.

Constitution review, the amendment of the election law, and the investigation of the suspected funding of parties and civil society organizations are among the main demands. It also calls for holding national dialogue for youth employment, boosting the purchasing power, and establishing a higher council of sports and youth.

The Coalition announced its intention to stage an open and peaceful sit-in starting from June 14 outside the parliament.

Marouan Baldounin, the Coalition’s general coordinator, said that the sit-in scheduled for tomorrow aimed at "restoring the country and drawing new landmarks for a Tunisia with national sovereignty."

He also questioned whether the current parliament serves national interests or foreign agendas and whether the current constitution is able to solve the crisis of governance in Tunisia.

Baldounin added that the Coalition was formed to restore the rule of law and establish a third republic.

On the possibility of the Coalition being accused of fueling chaos and seeking to overthrow the elected authority, Baldounin explained that members of this Coalition are a group of free and non-partisan citizens, highlighting that the movements that gathered in the framework of this Coalition are all social movements that do not belong to any political party.

In other news, government investigations have led to 43 suspects involved in the famous money laundering case associated with the acquisition of luxury real estate in the Spanish province of Alicante by Tunisian figures.

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