Abdelkarim Harouni

Tunisia: arrest of the president of the Shura Council of Ennahdha

The Tunisian Ennahdha movement announced the arrest of the president of the Shura Council, Abdelkarim Harouni, raising concerns about his health, while he had been under house arrest since last Saturday.

Tunisia’s political movement Ennahdha said security authorities arrested Abdelkarim Harouni, the president of the party’s Shura Council, on Tuesday evening. This arrest came after Harouni had been under house arrest since the previous Saturday. Ennahdha expressed its deep concern over this arrest, stressing that Harouni is still receiving treatment due to burns suffered during the fire at the party headquarters in 2021. Party officials believe that this arrest could worsen his state of health and put his life in danger.

The Ennahdha party also issued an urgent call for respect for the rule of law and human rights in Tunisia. At present, no official statement has been released by the Tunisian authorities regarding this arrest.

On Tuesday, Ennahdha had already announced the arrest of the movement’s vice-president, Mondher Ounissi, aged 56, who has held the interim presidency of the party since the absence of Rached Ghannouchi since April 26.

These arrests occur in a context of an increase in exceptional measures taken by President Kaïs Saïed since February 11. Opposition leaders and activists view these measures as a coup against the 2014 revolution Constitution and a consolidation of the absolute monopoly of power.