Tunisia, President Said suspends parliament and dismisses the prime minister

Tunisia is in chaos. After a day of clashes, protests and demonstrations in various cities, President Kais Saied announced the suspension of Parliament and the resignation of Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashiji. The announcement came in a video clip on social media from the official page of the Tunisian presidency, at the conclusion of an emergency meeting chaired by Saeed himself and open to security directors. The Tunisian president ordered that he would lead the government temporarily until the appointment of the new prime minister and announced that he had lifted the immunity of all members of Parliament.

The decisions came at the conclusion of a day of demonstrations against the executive authority of Mechichi and against the House of Representatives headed by Rashid Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahda party. In the capital, Tunis, hundreds of people gathered near the parliament building in the Bardo district, chanting slogans critical of the government and expressing their dissatisfaction with the political situation.

The demonstrators also demanded the prosecution of those responsible for the deteriorating health, social and economic situation in Tunisia. The attack on the Ennahda party headquarters in the southwestern state of Tozeur was documented on social media. In the central province of Kairouan, local media reported clashes between protesters and Ennahda supporters.

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