The President of Tunisia, Kais Saied, on Wednesday, dismissed more government officials, including the army’s chief prosecutor, days after suspending the country’s parliament, dismissing PM Mechichi and assuming executive powers in what opponents labelled a “coup”.
He has also lifted the parliamentary immunity of lawmakers, and assumed judicial powers.
The President said he is determined to revolutionise the political system through the law, adding that he would assume executive power “with the help” of a government, whose new chief he would appoint himself.
Saied also said his actions are justified under the constitution, which allows the head of state to take unspecified exceptional measures in the event of an “imminent threat”.
Key civil society groups warned against any “illegitimate” extension of Saied’s 30-day suspension of parliament, and demanded in a joint statement a timeline for political action.