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Tunisia: The situation has apparently calmed down - "can never be a disruptive factor ..."

2021-07-27T10:25:43.952Z

In Tunisia, President Saied temporarily deposed the Prime Minister. The situation quickly came to a head. Now there is apparently the all clear for now.



In Tunisia, President Saied temporarily deposed the Prime Minister.

The situation quickly came to a head.

Now there is apparently the all clear for now.

Tunis - After the surprise dismissal of Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi on Tuesday, the situation has apparently calmed down.

In Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, important government institutions and the parliament building were still surrounded by security forces.

President Kais Saied also ordered all work in public institutions to be suspended for two days.

A night curfew will apply until the end of August - an instrument that has already been used several times in the corona pandemic.

Tunisia: The situation seems to have calmed down after the Prime Minister's surprising dismissal

Saied had fired the head of government on Sunday evening * and suspended the work of parliament. Mechichi declared that he wanted to hand over the responsibility to a successor as ordered by the President. "I can never be a disruptive factor or part of the problem that complicates the situation," he assured me late on Monday evening. He will relinquish responsibility to “protect the safety of all Tunisians”. The announcement was his first public statement after he was disempowered.

Mechichi took up the post as Prime Minister in September 2020.

He had the backing of the two strongest parties in parliament, the Islamic-conservative Ennahda and “Kalb Tounes” (heart of Tunisia).

Like Mechichi, the two parties are at odds with President Saied.

Tensions between Saied and Mechichi had increased after the president refused to swear in nearly a dozen new ministers in January, among other things.

(dpa / aka) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

List of rubric lists: © Khaled Nasraoui / dpa

Source: merkur

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