(MENAFN) Tunisia's newly elected parliament held its inaugural session on Monday, with the oldest lawmaker, Saleh Al-Mubaraki, presiding over the meeting. During the session, Al-Mubaraki emphasized the importance of collaboration between the legislative and executive branches of government in the interest of the unity of the state. He acknowledged the significant challenges facing the country and called for a participatory and positive approach to addressing them.
Al-Mubarki is the leader of the Nidaa Tounes political movement, which was established by the late President Beji Caid Essebsi and won both the 2014 parliamentary and presidential elections. The parliamentary session on Monday was convened 20 months after Tunisian President Kais Saied suspended the previous parliament, dismissed the prime minister, and assumed executive authority, actions that were widely criticized by his opponents as a "coup."
President Saied defended his actions, stating that they were intended to rescue the country after years of crisis. The new parliament is expected to work in tandem with the executive authority to address the significant challenges facing Tunisia, including economic, social, and political issues. This marks an important milestone for the country as it strives to move forward and restore stability and unity after a period of unrest and uncertainty.
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