Hichem Mechichi to hand over PM post if President Saied appoints new name

Hichem Mechichi announced that if President Kais Saied appoints a new prime minister, he will hand over his duties based on his care about the safety and rights of the people.

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Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi made a statement on the latest developments in the country on his social media account.

Stating that he will hand over the task to a new prime minister to be appointed by President Saied in the face of dismissal, Mechichi noted that he will not play an obstructive role that complicates and puts the situation in Tunisia into difficulties.

Expressing that he will not take a position in the state because he protects the security and rights of all Tunisians, Mechichi stated that he will continue to serve his country under all circumstances.

Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, was accepted as the only example of success in the field of democracy of the revolutionary wave in 2011 when the government handed over the gains in the field of fundamental rights and freedoms to the next owners through elections.

Protests were held against the government and opposition parties during Republic Day on July 25.

Tunisian President Kais Saied said that he would use “extraordinary constitutional powers” on the grounds of “preventing the country from being dragged into a civil war” after a meeting with the security bureaucracy and the commanding staff in the evening of the protests.

The President later announced that he dismissed the prime minister, suspended the work of the parliament for 30 days, and indicated that will appoint a new prime minister and attach the executive to him.

Leader of the Ennahda Movement Rached Ghannouchi, the largest party in the national parliament, called the people to a peaceful struggle upon the decisions of President Saied, emphasizing that the President’s steps, which had no legal basis, was a “coup d’etat.”

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