In Pictures: Tunisians rally to denounce Saied’s energy seize

Tunisians have gathered near the nation’s parliament to protest in opposition to a presidential energy seize they’ve denounced as a “coup”.

Sunday’s rally in Tunis was the newest opposing President Kais Saied’s July 25 resolution to sack the federal government, droop parliament and seize an array of powers, citing an “imminent threat” to the nation.

“The people want to bring down the coup d’etat,” protesters chanted as they pulled down limitations obstructing the roads resulting in the parliament constructing on the capital’s Bardo palace, resulting in clashes with safety forces.

Some demonstrators additionally carried indicators studying, “No to the intimidation of the media” and demanding “an independent judicial authority”.

On September 22, Saied additionally suspended elements of the structure and put in rule by decree, sustaining full management of the judiciary in addition to powers to sack ministers and concern legal guidelines.

He appointed a brand new authorities in October, with Najla Bouden because the nation’s first feminine prime minister. But the president has considerably pared again the powers of her workplace and can technically head the administration himself.

Saied, who was elected in late 2019, made his shock move amid a socioeconomic disaster aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of his opponents have accused him of in search of a brand new dictatorship, a decade after Tunisia’s 2011 revolt that overthrew longtime ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. But the president’s supporters say his strikes had been wanted after years of impasse amongst political events seen as corrupt and self-serving.