On Sunday, hundreds of Tunisians demonstrated near parliament to protest President Kais Saied’s power grab in the capital Tunis.
In order to rally against Saied’s “exceptional measures,” the protest was staged by a campaign called “citizens against the coup,” which included the suspension of parliament.
According to international reporters on the ground, security forces were deployed in the Place of Bardo in an attempt to prevent demonstrators from reaching the parliament building.
Since the country’s president ousted the government, suspended parliament, and assumed executive authority on July 25, Tunisia has been in the grip of a deep political crisis.
While Saied insists that his exceptional measures are meant to “save” the country, his critics and opposition in the Tunisian parliament accuse him of orchestrating a coup.
Two weeks after Najla Bouden Romdhane was appointed the country’s first female prime minister, a new cabinet was unveiled last month.
Tunisia is viewed as the only country that succeeded in carrying out a democratic transition after the popular Arab Spring uprisings in 2011.