Supporters Back Tunisian President’s Promises to Reform Political System

Tunisian President Kais Saied’s supporters demonstrated in the country’s capital city and neighboring towns to vouch for his initiative to suspend the parliament and change the political process. 

At least 8,000 people held rallies in central Tunis, the largest crowds since Saied was elected in July, trumping the numbers of those who have protested against the president’s actions.

Witnesses and local media said that thousands of Saied’s supporters also held protests in Sfax, Sidi Bouzid, Gafsa, and Monastir. 

Saied suspended the parliament in July which made him regain absolute executive powers and effectively dismissed the prime minister. He also ignored most of the constitution and said he could sign laws through decrees. 

His initiative prompted labor unions, foreign donors, and most of the parliament members to openly disapprove of his move to modify the constitutional system.

Saied’s supporters brought placards calling out Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party in parliament, that has mainly opposed Saied. One of the demonstrators said that they urge the president to disestablish Ennahda and authorities involved in corruption.

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