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Tunisian president reacts to MPs’ attempt to form “national liberation” government

Tunisian President Kais Saied has decried plans by lawmakers to form a “national salvation” government as a “coup attempt”.

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Speaking at a demonstration where Tunisian President Kais Saied’s decisions were protested on April 10, Amal Party Political Committee Chairman Ahmed Najib Al-Shabi called on the Tunisian opposition to come together under the name of “National Salvation Front” against the Tunisian president.

Following Al-Shabi’s call, Ennahda said in a statement, “We support the call of Ahmed Najib Al-Shabi, who calls for the creation of a broad political front that unites efforts against the coup and offers alternative solutions.” announced their open support for the formation with their statements.

Later, Tunisian President Kais Saied described the MPs’ plans to form a “national salvation” government as a “coup attempt”.

“Those behind this attempt were not arrested and we did not demand it,” Saied said in a video shared by the presidency during a meeting with Justice Minister Leila Jaffel on Saturday.

On the other hand, Al-Shabi, which aims to unite the Tunisian opposition and proposes the establishment of the “National Salvation Front” in this context, held a meeting with Ghannouchi at the Ennahda headquarters in Tunis.

In the written statement made by Ennahda, it was noted that the request for the meeting came from Al-Shabi and the visit was carried out as part of the initiative to establish the “National Salvation Front”.

In the statement, which stated that Ennahda will support every attempt to get out of the crisis in the country, it was stated that the meeting between Ghannouchi and Al-Shabi was positive.

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