Tunisian President extends Parliament’s decision to freeze powers

Tunisian President Kais Saied announced that the decision to freeze the parliament's powers has been extended until a second decision is taken.

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In a written statement from the Tunisian Presidency, it was stated that Kais Saied decided to extend the exceptional decisions taken on July 25 in the legislative, executive, and judicial areas for 30 days until the next announcement.

Saied announced on July 25 that he had dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and froze the powers of the Parliament for 30 days. The deadline for the latter is expiring today.

Saied, who could not appoint a new prime minister or draw any roadmap within a month, extended the duration of the practices criticized inside and outside the country. It was also stated in the presidential statement that Saied would appear in front of the cameras in a few days and make a statement.

While some former government officials and former ministers have been under house arrest since July 25, many businesspeople and politicians have also been banned from traveling abroad.

In Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, Tunisians took to the streets in masses on July 25 due to the social, economic, political, and health crisis that continued at regular intervals and with different intensities.

During the demonstrations, there was an intense reaction to the settled politics in the country. In some regions, the headquarters of the Ennahda Movement, the largest party in the Assembly, were attacked.

President Kais Saied announced that he had enacted Article 80 of the Constitution, which gave him extraordinary powers within the context of the ‘dangers’ the country is facing.

Saied announced that the Assembly would suspend its work for 30 days, the immunity of all deputies would be lifted, that he dismissed the prime minister and will appoint a new prime minister, as well as appointing himself as attorney general for corruption cases.

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