Tunisian political parties launch movement against president
They urged the head of state, who is an ex-constitutional lawyer, to adhere to the constitution after a power grab, reported The New Arab's Arabic sister service, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.
Saied issued Decree 117 which has the effect of "implicitly abrogating [repealing] the constitutional order", according to a collective message from groups including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International's Tunisia division on Monday, who added that this "is a first step towards authoritarianism".
The Tunisian parties united on opposing Saied's power grab told a press conference they will do whatever is required to restore the constitution and that the time for just criticism of the president is over.
Democratic Current Secretary General Ghazi Chaouachi said the four parties had varied backgrounds in government and as opposition factions.
The parties said they will welcome any group joining them.
Republican Party Secretary General Issam Chebbi claimed that although reforms were widely called for before 25 July - when the president effectively took complete control of the country - Saied twisted in his power grab.
He argued Decree 117 breaches the constitution and the president must take it back and restore the Tunisian constitution.
Speaking with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, he indicated that "all peaceful means are available and public opinion will be mobilised to hold onto the gains of the revolution".
Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties leader Khalil Zaouia, explained that the four factions involved see a third option, outside of both Saied's stance and the widely criticised governing situation before 25 July.