In protest of the sacking of their colleagues by President Kais Saied, Tunisian judges have extended their ongoing strike for a third week.
Murad al-Masoudi, the head of the Association of Young Judges, told, “The strike has yet to achieve results as the president ignored our protest.”
Vowing further escalations if their demands were not heeded, he added, “We have decided to extend the strike for a third week.”
Al-Masoudi said, “Judges will also stage a “day of anger” next week to express our rejection of Saied’s policies.”
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.