Tunisian president ousts government, freezes parliament

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Mon, 26 Jul 2021 - 07:56 GMT

CAIRO – 26 July 2021: Tunisia's President Kais Saied has ousted Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, frozen parliament and revoked all MPs' immunity in a shocking and sudden decisions, Sunday night.

Saied's decisions came during an emergency meeting with senior military and security officials. He also decided to assume the executive authority with the assistance of a new prime minister

Shortly later, Tunisians took to the streets to celebrate President Saied's decisions that ousted an administration blamed for economic stagnation.

Demonstrators attacked several headquarters and offices of Ennahda party affiliated with Muslim Brotherhood and sat fire at most of it.

The Tunisian army is currently stationed around the premises of in the interior ministry in the capital. Units were deployed in front of the parliament building, TV headquarters and other vital facilities.

In a televised speech Saied said: "We have taken these decisions... until social peace returns to Tunisia and until we save the state."

"I warn any who think of resorting to weapons… and whoever shoots a bullet, the armed forces will respond with bullets," he said.

 

 

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