Tunisia: President Saied dissolves parliament

Tunisia: President Saied dissolves parliament

Tunisian President Kais Saied has dissolved the country’s parliament which he suspended last year, sparking protests across the country.

The dissolution came as lawmakers on Wednesday convened online and voted to repeal presidential decrees that gave him near total power since last year, the BBC reports.

The president move termed the parliament’s move a “coup attempt”.

He said parliament had “lost its legitimacy” and had “betrayed” the nation – and the MPs responsible would be prosecuted.

Mr Saïed suspended parliament, assumed executive powers and moved to rewrite the constitution eight months ago.

He has since ruled by decree.

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