Protests over Covid jolt Tunisia, Prez sacks PM

  • Soldiers on Monday blockaded the assembly in Tunis while, outside, the president’s supporters hurled stones and insults at backers of Ennahdha.
Clashes erupt between supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied and Annahda party deputies in front of the Parliament which was cordoned-off by the military in the capital Tunis.(AFP)
Clashes erupt between supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied and Annahda party deputies in front of the Parliament which was cordoned-off by the military in the capital Tunis.(AFP)
Published on Jul 27, 2021 02:59 AM IST
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Fierce street clashes erupted on Monday outside Tunisia’s parliament, a day after President Kais Saied ousted the prime minister and suspended the legislature, plunging the country into a crisis.

Saied sacked Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and ordered the parliament closed for 30 days, a move that the biggest political party Ennahdha decried as a “coup”, following a day of angry protests against the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Soldiers on Monday blockaded the assembly in Tunis while, outside, the president’s supporters hurled stones and insults at backers of Ennahdha.

People in Tunisia have lately been protesting over the country’s slow response to the Covid-19 crisis as coronavirus deaths have surged to one of the world’s highest per capita rates.

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