Dueling Tunisian protests erupt over president’s power grab

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Protesters angered by the Tunisian president’s seizure of sweeping powers clashed with his supporters in a competitive demonstration in the North African capital of Tunis on Saturday.

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It was the first time that critics of President Kais Saied demonstrated against his actions, as he suspended parliament, fired the prime minister and assumed full executive powers on 25 July. Sayed said the measures were necessary to save the country amid tensions over Tunisia’s economic and virus crisis. , and will only last for a month. But then he extended them “until further notice.”

The move sidelined Tunisia’s powerful Islamist party Ennahdha and raised questions about its young democracy.

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At Saturday’s protest his critics demanded that he be “down with the coup!” Reverse the measures while chanting. and “Constitution, liberty, dignity!” Ennahdha and other critics say the president’s move violates Tunisia’s post-Arab constitution.

Gathered on the same Tunis avenue behind a police cordon, Saeed’s supporters raised protest slogans and urged him to push forward promises to crack down on lawmakers who have been blamed for Tunisia’s economic crisis and its health issues amid the coronavirus pandemic. requested.

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But some of Syed’s supporters are becoming disillusioned. Tunisia remains without a government that Syed has repeatedly promised to implement “in the coming days”.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Protesters

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