Tunisia’s president mentioned on Sunday he was dismissing the prime minister and freezing parliament in a significant escalation of political feuding in the democratic country following protests in a number of cities.
President Kais Saied mentioned he would assume government authority with the help of a brand new prime minister, prompting the greatest problem but to a 2014 structure that cut up powers between president, prime minister and parliament.
“Many individuals had been deceived by hypocrisy, treachery and theft of the rights of the individuals,” he mentioned in an announcement carried on state media.
“I warn any who consider resorting to weapons … and whoever shoots a bullet, the armed forces will reply with bullets,” he added.
Saied has been enmeshed in political disputes with Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi for over a 12 months, as the country grapples with an financial disaster, a looming fiscal crunch and a flailing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He mentioned in his assertion that his actions had been in step with the structure, and likewise suspended the immunity of members of parliament.
Saied and the parliament had been each elected in separate widespread votes in 2019, whereas Mechichi took workplace final summer season, changing one other short-lived authorities.