Tunisia: Saied vows not to touch 'independence of judiciary'

President says 'necessary' to dissolve council of magistrates

08 February, 12:34

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, FEBRUARY 8 - During a meeting with Tunisian Premier Najla Bouden, President Kais Saied stressed that the next council of ministers - probably scheduled on Thursday, January 10 - will be dedicated to the dissolution and reorganization of the Superior council of magistrates, reassuring critics in Tunisia and abroad.

    According to the president, the dissolution of the Superior council of magistrates has become a need. "I will not intervene with appointments or specific cases, but the duty and historic responsibility have imposed such a decision, also because the Tunisian people want the country to be cleaned", said Saied in a video published on the his office's page.

    "This circus must end- I don't want to mention anybody's name, but those who consider justice a means to regulate their personal and political affairs must know that they will not be able to infiltrate tribunals", added the president, citing the "cover-up of evidence" in cases of the political murders in 2013 of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi.

    "Some say that the president of the Republic wants to concentrate power in his hands but I only aspire to a Constitution that satisfies the expectations of Tunisians", he added. "I want a Constitution responding to the will of the people and that is not tailor-made". (ANSAmed).

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