Clashes outside Tunisia’s parliament a day after PM sacked


Clashes around army-barricaded parliament a day after President Saied removed the gov’t and legislature following nationwide protests.

  • Street clashes outside army-barricaded parliament, a day after President Kais Saied removed the prime minister and suspended parliament
  • Move followed nationwide protests over economic troubles and government mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.
  • Troops blocked parliamentary speaker and Ennahdha party leader Rached Ghannouchi from entering the building on Monday.

Here are the latest updates:

World reacts to Tunisia political turmoil

Turkey’s foreign ministry said it was “deeply concerned” by the latest development in Tunisia and called for the restoration of “democratic legitimacy”.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the German foreign ministry, Maria Adebahr, told reporters that Germany hoped Tunisia would return “as soon as possible to constitutional order”.

For his part, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, said: “We hope that nothing will threaten the stability and security of the people of that country.”

Security forces take security measures around parliament building in Tunis, Tunisia [Nacer Talel/Anadolu] 

Police storm Al Jazeera office in Tunis

Tunisian police has stormed Al Jazeera’s bureau in the capital Tunis, expelling all the staff.

Read more here.

Suspension ‘invalid’

Tunisia’s Ennahdha party said that it considers Parliament to be in continuous session, denouncing as “invalid” President Saied’s decision.

Army deployed

Tunisian military has been deployed to the government palace in the Kasbah in Tunis and stopped government workers from entering the building, several of them said.

Security forces take security measures around parliament building in Tunis, Tunisia [Nacer Talel/Anadolu]

Tunisian president assigns ally to oversee interior ministry

Tunisian President Saied assigned Khaled Yahyaoui, director-general of the presidential security unit, to supervise the Ministry of Interior after dismissing the government, two security sources said.

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