This came in statements to Said at Tunis-Carthage Airport, as he bid farewell to the first pilgrim flights to Saudi Arabia.
Saeed added, "The matter (Islam) is related to the person, but the state seeks to achieve the purposes of Islam."
The head of the “Consultative Body for a New Republic” in Tunisia (in charge of drafting the constitution), Sadik Belaid, suggested the possibility of “erasing the first chapter of the Tunisian constitution in its current form.”
The first chapter of the country’s 2014 constitution stipulates that “Tunisia is a free, independent, and sovereign state. Islam is its religion, Arabic is its language, and the republic is its system.” This is the same text that has been preserved since the 1959 constitution.
Saeed added, "Under dictatorial regimes, idols are made and worshiped, which is a kind of polytheism, and Islam is innocent of them."
He continued, "In the constitution, we are talking about a nation whose religion is Islam, and not about a state whose religion is Islam."
He explained that "the most prominent features of the new constitution are the unity of the state and that the issue does not lie in the political system, whether parliamentary or presidential."
He said: "The most important thing is the unity of the state. What happened in 2014 (in reference to the 2014 constitution) is the dismantling of the state." Said added that "the most important thing to achieve democracy is to create a balance between powers and respond to the economic and social demands of Tunisians."
He stressed the need to "put an end to the monopoly and abuse of Tunisians, and that the state must bear its responsibility in this."
And on Monday, the Tunisian presidency announced that Saied had received the new draft constitution, from Belaid.
On June 4, 2022, the sessions of the “national dialogue” called by Saied began in Tunisia in preparation for the organization of a referendum on a new constitution on July 25, 2022, with the aim of ending the political crisis in the country, amid a large boycott by political and union forces.
Since July 25, 2021, Tunisia has been experiencing a severe political crisis, when Said imposed at that time exceptional measures, including freezing the powers of Parliament, issuing legislation by decree, dismissing the government and appointing others.
Several political and civil forces reject these measures, and consider them a “coup against the constitution,” while other forces support them as a “correction of the course of the 2011 revolution,” which overthrew the late President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.