© Reuters. Supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied rally in help of his seizure of energy and suspension of parliament, in Tunis, Tunisia, October 3, 2021. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
By Tarek Amara
TUNIS (Reuters) – Hundreds of supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied rallied within the capital on Sunday to indicate their backing for his suspension of parliament and guarantees to vary the political system, acts his critics name a coup.
The demonstration in central Tunis was known as in response to protests over the earlier two weekends in the identical location towards Saied’s actions. It’s anticipated to far outnumber these gatherings.
Demonstrators waved Tunisian flags and carried placards railing towards Ennahda, the reasonable Islamist get together that’s the largest in parliament and has acted as Saied’s major antagonist.
“We ask the president to dissolve parliament and maintain accountable those that made the individuals undergo for a decade,” Salem Ajoudi, one of many demonstrators, stated.
The president plunged Tunisia right into a constitutional disaster in July by suspending the elected parliament, dismissing the prime minister and assuming govt authority.
Final month he brushed apart a lot of the structure to say he may cross laws by decree, casting into doubt Tunisia’s democratic good points since its 2011 revolution that triggered the “Arab spring” revolts throughout the Muslim world.
Saied’s intervention adopted years of financial stagnation and political paralysis, aggravated by an impoverishing lockdown final yr, a slow-starting vaccination marketing campaign and avenue protests.
Many Tunisians blame these ills on a corrupt, self-interested political elite, and so they see Saied, an impartial elected in 2019, as a champion for extraordinary individuals.
Amongst his supporters, Saied’s intervention is broadly considered a long-overdue reset of a democratic experiment that established pursuits pulled off track.
“Saied is a clear president who has come to revive actual democracy,” stated Mongi Abdullah, a instructor from Mahdia who had come to affix the rally.
Whereas opinion polls present Saied’s strikes have widespread help, his lengthy delay in declaring a timeline out of the disaster has began to cement opposition to him.
Many of the political elite and the highly effective labour union UGTT say he should begin consulting extra broadly if he plans to amend the structure, as he has indicated he’ll.
Tunisian police on Sunday arrested a member of parliament and a tv presenter who’ve been outstanding critics of Saied since July, their lawyer stated. Neither the police nor military had been instantly accessible for remark.
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