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TUNISIA – Dismissal of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi

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After a series of demonstrations against the rulers in Tunisia on Sunday, July 25, 2021, the President of the Republic Kaïs Saïed convened on the same day the representatives of the military power and the police forces. Thus, he decided to dismiss the head of government Hichem Mechichi and to suspend the work of Parliament for thirty days. The opponent shouted scandal on the grounds that the Speaker does not have the prerogatives to make such a decision.

The President of the Republic of Tunisia, Kaïs Saïed was quick to react to the will of the Tunisian people on Sunday, July 25, 2021.Thousands of citizens expressed their anger at the ruling Ennahda party criticizing what they called the government’s failure after the widespread spread of the coronavirus in the country. Clashes between populations and security forces broke out. The head of state used article 80 of the 2014 constitution to prevent chaos and anarchy in the country.Following the protests that have erupted today, in all the cities of the country and the scenes of clashes with the police, and in a context of serious economic and health crisis, President Kaïs Saïed finally resigned himself to using Article 80 of the 2014 Constitution, in an attempt to save the country from announced disorders”, justified the information portal Kapitalis in French. The Tunisian Head of State has thus taken strong decisions, namely the dismissal of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, the freezing of the work of Parliament and the lifting of the immunity of deputies. He also announced that he would preside over the executive with the assistance of a prime minister, whom he would designate.

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Tunisians welcomed these bold decisions taken by President Kaïs Saïed even though the opposition talks of violation of the Constitution. The president of the National Assembly, Rachid El Ghanouchi, called the decisions taken by the head of state “a coup against the revolution and the constitution”.We believe that the institutions are still in place and Ennahda’s supporters and the Tunisian people will defend the revolution,’ he said in a statement to the Reuters agency.

       

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