Tunisian Parliament Suspension Extended

President Kais Saied of Tunisia suspended parliament until further notice last month, sacking his prime minister and exercising executive control in what opponents called a coup.

According to Saied, suspension of members of parliament’s immunity was also extended on Monday, which also stated that Saied would deliver a speech to the nation in the coming days without providing further details.

Saied claims that his intervention was necessary to prevent Tunisia from collapsing due to mass protests against the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Since then, authorities have placed several officials under house arrest, including former ministers, and have barred politicians and business-people from traveling. 

Saied has yet to fulfill his promise to name a new prime minister. He has also failed to provide a timeline for restoring parliament, as demanded by Western allies. 

Saied was re-elected in a landslide in 2019 on a platform of fighting corruption. He will address the nation in the coming days.

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