Tunisia's Ennahda rejects formation of advisory committee to draft new constitution

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Tunisia's Rached Ghannouchi, head of the moderate Islamist Ennahda and speaker of the parliament, attends an interview with Reuters in Tunis, Tunisia, March 31, 2022. REUTERS/Jihed Abidellaoui

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May 22 (Reuters) - Tunisia's main opposition party, the Islamist Ennahda, rejected on Sunday President Kais Saied's decision to name members of an advisory committee to draft a new constitution for a "new republic", it said in a statement.

It added that this measure was "a complete deviation from constitutional legitimacy".

On Friday, Saied named a law professor to head the advisory committee that will draft a new constitution. The committee headed by law professor Sadok Belaid consists of deans of Law and Political Sciences. It must submit its report on June 20 to the president, the official gazette said.

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Reporting by Yasmin Hussein; Editing by Toby Chopra

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