Tunisia’s president dismisses the defense minister after his dismissal

Tunisia’s president dismisses the defense minister after his dismissal


One day after Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi was deposed Tunisian President Kais Saied has sacked Defense Minister Ibrahim Bartaji and Acting Justice Minister Hasna Ben Slimane.

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The move follows protests against the government’s handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic when troops invaded Tunis to restore order. The political crisis deepened as the number of coronavirus deaths in the country rose to over 18,000.

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One day after Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi was deposed Tunisian President Kais Saied has sacked Defense Minister Ibrahim Bartaji and Acting Justice Minister Hasna Ben Slimane.

Regard:

The move follows protests against the government’s handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic when troops invaded Tunis to restore order. The political crisis deepened as the number of coronavirus deaths in the country rose to over 18,000.

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President Saied said he had “made the necessary decisions to save Tunisia, the state and the Tunisian people”. Saied had stated that the houses of Parliament will be suspended for the next 30 days due to “imminent danger”.

Collisions broke out on the streets of Tunisia after Saied sacked Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi. Justice Minister Hasna Ben Slimane was also a government spokeswoman.

The political crisis has worsened amid deadlock and disputes between Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and lawmakers, Saied appealed emergency Constitutional powers to dismiss Prime Minister Mechichi.

Amid the worsening situation, the Biden government called on Tunisia to adhere to “democratic principles” while the French Foreign Ministry “urged all political forces in the country to avoid all forms of violence and to preserve the country’s democratic achievements”.

(With contributions from agencies)

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