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Tunisia’s President Kais Saied extends suspension of parliament

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Saied additionally prolonged the suspension of the immunity of members of parliament a month after he dismissed nation’s prime minister.

Tunisian President Kais Saied has prolonged the suspension of parliament till additional discover, the presidency mentioned, after final month dismissing his prime minister and assuming govt authority in a move opponents branded as a coup.

Saied additionally prolonged on Monday the suspension of the immunity of members of parliament, the presidency mentioned, including Saied will give a speech to the nation within the coming days, with out giving extra particulars.

A month after Saied’s sudden intervention, he has not but a brand new prime minister or introduced a street map demanded by Western allies and key gamers in Tunisia, together with the highly effective UGTT Union.

Saied has mentioned his intervention was wanted to avoid wasting the nation from collapse.

He seems to have widespread fashionable help in Tunisia, the place years of misgovernance, corruption and political paralysis have been aggravated by a lethal surge in COVID-19 circumstances.

But the president’s strikes have raised issues amongst some Tunisians about the way forward for the democratic system that the nation adopted after its 2011 revolution that triggered the Arab Spring.

Authorities have since positioned a number of officers, together with former ministers, below home arrest and prevented politicians and businessmen from travelling.

Saied was elected in a landslide in 2019 promising to face up in opposition to corruption.

Ennahdha political reshuffle

In a separate improvement in Tunisia, the pinnacle of Ennahdha celebration, Rached Ghannouchi dismissed the celebration’s govt committee amid criticism of his dealing with of a month-old political disaster.

The determination taken by Ghannouchi, the parliament speaker, led Saeid to imagine govt authority in July, dismiss the prime minister and freeze parliament, an intervention labelled by Ennahdha as a coup.

However, outstanding leaders from inside his celebration, the most important in Tunisia’s parliament, have demanded that he stop the management amid divisions over its response to the disaster and his strategic decisions since a 2019 election.

“Ennahda’s head decided to dismiss the party’s executive members and restructure it in a way that responds to the requirements of the phase,” the celebration mentioned in an announcement.

Ennahdha has been probably the most constantly highly effective celebration in Tunisia because the 2011 revolution that led to the elimination of its longtime president, taking part in a task in backing successive coalition governments.

However, it has misplaced help because the financial system stagnated and public companies declined.


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