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Tunisia’s president extends suspension of parliament

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The Presidency claimed that on Monday, after firing its Prime and exercising executive control in a move, opponents called a coup, the president of Tunisia, Kais Saied, has extended parliament suspension until further notice.

Saied also extended the suspension of the immunity of members of parliament, the presidency said, adding Saied will give a speech to the nation in the coming days, without giving more details.

Tunisia’s president extends suspension of parliament

Tunisia’s president extends suspension of parliament

A month after Saied’s sudden intervention, he has not yet appointed a new prime or announced a roadmap demanded by Western allies and key players in Tunisia, including the powerful UGTT Union.

Saied has said his intervention was needed to save the country from collapse. He appears to have widespread popular support in Tunisia, where years of misgovernance, corruption, and political paralysis have been aggravated by a deadly surge in COVID-19 cases.



But the president’s moves have raised concerns among some Tunisians about the future of the democratic system that the country adopted after its 2011 revolution that triggered the Arab Spring.

Authorities have since placed several officials, including former ministers, under arrest and prevented politicians and businessmen from traveling.

Saied was elected in a landslide in 2019, vowing to stand up against corruption.

 

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