The strike of Tunisian judges to protest the sacking of their colleagues by President Kais Saied has been extended for a fourth week
The Coordination of Judicial Structures said the move was taken over the refusal of the Presidency and the Justice Ministry to respond to their demands, in a statement made.
The statement added, “The strike will include all courts, administrative, financial and judicial institutions as of Monday.”
All judges need to abide by the strike “in order to ensure the independence of the judiciary,” the statement called.
Citing corruption and covering up terrorist cases, accusations that were vehemently rejected by judges, the Tunisian president sacked 57 judges on June 1.
Since Saied ousted the government, suspended parliament and assumed executive authority last year in July, Tunisia has been in the throes of a deep political crisis that has aggravated the country’s economic conditions. He later dissolved the suspended parliament.
Critics have accused him of orchestrating a coup, while Saied insists his measures were meant to “save” the country.