Saied banned the movement of people or vehicles on the streets from 7 p.m.-6 a.m. until Aug. 27, while also prohibiting gatherings of more than three people in public roads or squares.

Saied took action against parliament and his premier late Sunday after masses of largely young people demonstrated in the capital, Tunis, and other cities calling for the fall of the government and railing against hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The moderate Islamist Ennahda party, the dominant force in parliament, accused the president of carrying out a coup.