Tunisia Tunisian president suspends parliament and dismisses prime minister in aftermath of violent protests

The ruling party describes the president’s decision as a revolution in 2011 and an unconstitutional coup a few years later.

In North Africa The President of Tunisia has suspended parliament and dismissed the Prime Minister following anti-government demonstrations around the country.

President Kais Saied announced on Sunday the prime minister Hichem Mechichin after an emergency meeting at his palace.

Thousands of people around the country took part in protests on Sunday against the failures of the regime and the coronavirus situation in the country.

Qatarilaismedia al-Jazeeran according to the protests have become violent in places. For example, in the country’s capital, Tunis, police used pepper spray against crowds throwing stones. The protesters are demanding the resignation of Mechich and the dissolution of parliament.

Hundreds of people took part in a demonstration in front of the country’s parliament in Tunis, according to AFP news agency. In addition, according to the news agency, demonstrations have taken place at least in Gafsa, Kairouan, Monastir, Sousse and Tozeur.

Saied says he will take executive power in the country with the help of a new prime minister, al-Jazeera says. According to AFP, the president intends to appoint a new prime minister himself.

According to Al-Jazeera, this is the biggest challenge facing the constitution, which was drafted less than ten years ago. In the 2014 constitution, power was divided in the country between the president, prime minister and parliament.

“The Constitution does not allow for the dissolution of Parliament, but it does allow its work to be suspended,” the President said, referring to Rule 80, which provides such an opportunity in the face of immediate danger.

In Tunisia experienced a revolution in 2011, when the country’s former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown. The dictator died in September 2019.

Although a decade has passed since the revolution, Tunisia has been vulnerable to political storms that have hampered efforts to revive the country’s crumbling public services. The country’s fragmented political class has also failed to form a sustainable government.

The ruling Tunisian party, al-Nahda, described Saied’s decision as a coup against the revolution and the constitution. Al-Nahda writes on his Facebook page that the party and Tunisians will defend the revolution, according to AFP.

Saied was elected president in 2019. Since taking office, he has been buttoning up against Prime Minister Mechich and the Speaker of Parliament. Rachid Ghannouchin with.

Among other things, the central political dispute between the country’s leaders has set itself on the path of ministerial appointments and diverted resources away from resolving Tunisia’s numerous economic and social problems.

Coronavirus pandemic has punished Tunisia, which has a population of more than 18,000, with a population of 12 million. Johns Hopkins University in the United States, which monitors the situation, monitoring a total of more than 560,000 coronary infections have been confirmed in the country.

Statistics site Worldometer more than 47,000 infections per million inhabitants have been confirmed and 1,557 coronary deaths have been recorded in Tunisia. In Finland, the corresponding ratios are almost 18,600 and 176.

In the United States, for example, more than 105,000 infections and nearly 1,900 coronary deaths have been recorded per million inhabitants. The United States has had the highest number of infections and corona-related deaths in the world.

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