Tunisia has been in the midst of a crisis lately amid a devastating economic crisis, a Covid-19 outbreak that rages even though the corrupt government imposed a devastating lock down, and a worsening situation with corruption in the parliament and government.
As things started to reach a boiling point across the country, Tunisia’s President Kais Saied acted accordingly and fired the Prime Minister, suspended the Parliament, assumed executive power of the country, powers of public prosecution, and critically, he lifted the immunity of MPs.
Amid these developments with the security situation and the high likelihood many politicians especially from the Ennahda party, attempting to flee, the military was deployed in Tunis, the airports are under very tight control of the security forces, and the borders were shut also.
JUST IN – Tunisia deploys troops in the capital, shuts down borders and airports. Reports of Muslim Brotherhood-inspired Ennahda movement headquarters stormed in several cities.pic.twitter.com/ACCgIXbxC5
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) July 25, 2021
In remarks made on state media the President said
“Many people were deceived by hypocrisy, treachery and robbery of the rights of the people,”
“I warn any who think of resorting to weapons … and whoever shoots a bullet, the armed forces will respond with bullets,” he added.
In a statement clearly directed at Tunisia’s extremely corrupt political class, he said that everyone will face the law despite their riches.
Saied also declares that everyone will face the law despite their riches and positions. Sounds like several politicians/businesspeople may soon be arrested.
— Sharan Grewal (@sh_grewal) July 25, 2021
The Ennahda Movement’s headquarters and offices in many parts of the country have been set on fire by angry Tunisians fed up with their rule. There also appears to have been raids by the security forces against their offices as well.
— EHA News (@eha_news) July 25, 2021
It is rumored that former Prime Minister Hicham Mechichi has been arrested along with other high ranking politicians, as a purge of corruption is seems to be underway in Tunisia. It is unknown as to where former PM is but the Ennahda Movement thinks that he has been detained in the Presidential palace.
Predictably Ennahda has been utterly enraged at the actions by the President, calling it a coup and an attack on democracy. The Muslim Brotherhood group was joined by the Zionist Heart of Tunisia Party of the oligarch Nabil Karoui.
Yadh Elloumi, Member of Parliament for the Heart of #Tunisia:
"Kays Said's decisions are absolutely invalid."
"I call on the deputies to dismiss the President in accordance with the requirements of the constitution."
— Global News (@GlobalNewsEU) July 26, 2021
Rached Ghannouchi the Speaker tried to enter the Parliament to hold a session but completely failed to do so as the security forces blocked his access.
These actions by the President are very popular among the Tunisian public who are fed up with their country being plundered by these elites.
Crowds cheering, honking, youyous – reactions to the Tunisian president’s decision to freeze Parliament and fire & take over from the prime minister pic.twitter.com/cmdGwB97MV
— Layli Foroudi (@laylimay) July 25, 2021
President Kais Saied used to be a constitutional law professor and he was elected with over 70% of the vote in the 2019 election and since then he has been fighting with the corrupt Parliament and government that the former appoints.
He is a religious and socially conservative man who is strongly anti LGBT, favors the criminalization of it, and he has called them deviants. The thought of Tunisia going the way of the West in terms of morals utterly terrifies him and with what we have in the West, you can’t blame the man.
Furthermore he is strongly opposed to any sort of normalization with “Israel” saying that the suggestion is treasonous and a betrayal of Tunisia and the Palestinian cause.
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