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Protesters in Tunisia accuse president of ‘failed dictatorship’ – SABC News

Tunisians protested against President Kais Saied on Sunday, accusing him of imposing one-man rule in the North African country after he dissolved parliament last month.

A political crisis in the country deepened last month when more than half of MPs held an online session to overturn Saied’s decrees.

“We are facing a failed dictatorship that is leading the country into economic catastrophe. We will continue to protest in the streets until a coup is forced to reverse its decisions,” said Chaima Issa, an activist.

Many MPs joined the protests on Sunday, which took place amid a strong presence of riot police. Demonstrators chanted: “The people want to overthrow the coup.”

“We will continue to resist the coup and not retreat. We will not accept this dictatorship,” said Samira Chaouchi, one of two deputy speakers in the parliament.

Following last month’s online session that Saied broke up, counter-terrorist police invited Rached Ghannouchi, the main opposition figure, and other lawmakers for questioning, drawing criticism both at home and abroad.

Ghannouchi, parliament speaker and leader of the Islamist Ennahda party, said more virtual meetings would be convened.

A European Parliament delegation will visit Tunisia on Monday to call for the return of democracy created after the 2011 revolution that ended the autocratic rule of the late President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Saied took over the executive branch in the middle of last year and ruled by decree in what his opponents call a coup.

He dismissed his opponents’ allegations, saying he would hold talks on political reform but “traitors and thieves” would not attend.

Saied previously said he would form a committee to rewrite the constitution, put it to a referendum in July and then hold general elections in December.

The country’s two main parties, Ennahda and Free Constitutional, which are fiercely opposed, have both said they will oppose the plans.

Protesters in Tunisia accuse president of ‘failed dictatorship’ – SABC News

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