Protests, celebration in Tunisia after president dismisses PM; opposition calls it “coup”

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Tunisia’s democracy faced its worst crisis in a decade on Monday after President Kais Saied dismissed the prime minister and froze parliament with help from the army, a move denounced as a coup by the main parties.

It follows months of deadlock and disputes pitting Saied, seen as a political outsider, against Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and a fragmented parliament as Tunisia has descended into an economic crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a declaration late on Sunday, Saied invoked emergency powers under the constitution’s Article 18 to dismiss Mechichi and suspend parliament for 30 days, saying he would govern alongside a new prime minister. He rejected accusations of a coup.

Supporters and opponents of the president threw stones at each other outside parliament on Monday morning leading to injuries.

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