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World Tunisia's Saied moves on economy and Covid-19 after dismissing government

07:12  29 july  2021
07:12  29 july  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Violent protests in Tunisia over the economy, virus spread

  Violent protests in Tunisia over the economy, virus spread TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Violent demonstrations broke out on Sunday in several Tunisian cities as protesters expressed anger at the deterioration of the North African nation's health, economic and social situation. Thousands of people defied virus restrictions and scorching heat to demonstrate in the capital of Tunis and other cities. The largely young crowds shouted “Get out!” and slogans calling for the dissolution of parliament and early elections. The protests were called on the 64th anniversary of Tunisia's independence by a new group called the July 25 Movement.

Tunisia ' s president said on Wednesday he was addressing the country's dire economic and Covid - 19 situation, and probing widespread corruption after invoking emergency powers on Sunday to seize control of government in a move his foes called a coup.

Tunisian army personnel surrounded the national parliament building in Tunis as protestors faced off, some cheering President Kais Saied ― who just deposed his government and took control of all branches of power ― and others decrying his actions as a coup. Still, the president has substantial support from Tunisians , who see his actions as necessary to rid the government of what many say are corrupt and inept politicians as the country' s economic and Covid - 19 crises metastasize.

a group of people sitting at a table: Tunisian President Kais Saied holds a meeting with security officials and military command echelon at the Carthage Palace in Tunis, Tunisia on July 28, 2021. © Tunisian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Tunisian President Kais Saied holds a meeting with security officials and military command echelon at the Carthage Palace in Tunis, Tunisia on July 28, 2021.

Tunisia's president said on Wednesday he was addressing the country's dire economic and Covid-19 situation, and probing widespread corruption after invoking emergency powers on Sunday to seize control of government in a move his foes called a coup.

a man standing in a room: Healthcare professionals work at intensive care unit of Munci Selim Hospital, where Covid-19 patients are treated, as they spend Eid al-Adha next to their patients away from their families in Tunis, Tunisia on July 20, 2021. © Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Healthcare professionals work at intensive care unit of Munci Selim Hospital, where Covid-19 patients are treated, as they spend Eid al-Adha next to their patients away from their families in Tunis, Tunisia on July 20, 2021.

President Kais Saied justified the moves, which included dismissing the prime minister and suspending parliament, by citing a surging pandemic and misgovernance, saying he had acted to save the country from corruption and plots to sow civil strife.

Tunisian president suspends parliament, dismisses PM

  Tunisian president suspends parliament, dismisses PM Tunisian President Kais Saied announced Sunday the suspension of parliament and dismissal of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi following a day of protests against the ruling party, which condemned the move as a "coup d'etat". "What Kais Saied is doing is a coup d'etat against the revolution and against the constitution, and the members of Ennahdha and the Tunisian people will defend the revolution," the party countered in a statement on Facebook. The premier's office had not responded to his sacking on Sunday night.

Tunisia faced its biggest crisis in a decade of democracy on Monday after President Kais Saied ousted the government and froze the activities of parliament, a move his foes labelled a coup that should be opposed on the street. The move came after a day of protests against the government and the biggest party in parliament, the moderate Islamist Ennahda, following a spike in Covid - 19 cases and growing anger over chronic political dysfunction and economic malaise.

Clashes erupt in Tunisia after president ousts PM. Tunisia ' s President Kais Saied on Monday denied he was planning a coup and defended his decision to dismiss the prime minister and freeze parliament. What did the president say? After announcing the dismissal of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, Saied said he would take over executive power "with the help" of a government headed by a new chief that he would appoint. Saied had appointed Mechichi as non-aligned prime minister in September last year.

Public anger had been growing in Tunisia over the political paralysis that had stopped any coherent response to the pandemic and after years of economic hardship and declining public services.

France said on Wednesday it was paramount that Saied quickly name a new prime minister and cabinet, while civil society groups including the powerful labor union have said he must produce a roadmap to exit the crisis within a month.

A decade after ending autocratic rule through a popular uprising, Tunisia faces the sternest test yet to its democratic system, and Western countries that have applauded its political transition have expressed concern.

Saied, who says his actions are constitutional but has yet to set out his next steps, has been urged by the United States to stick to democratic principles. He met security chiefs on Wednesday, the presidency said.

Tunisian Islamist party urges dialogue to resolve political crisis

  Tunisian Islamist party urges dialogue to resolve political crisis Tunisian Islamist party urges dialogue to resolve political crisisTUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's biggest party, the moderate Islamist Ennahda, on Tuesday called for a national dialogue to get the country out of crisis after it accused the president of a coup when he dismissed the prime minister and suspended parliament.

Tunisia ’ s mishandling of the pandemic has served as a lightning rod for longstanding popular discontent with parliamentary politics: thousands of people defied Covid - 19 restrictions and scorching summer temperatures in demonstrations which sparked clashes with security forces in several cities While support for the president’s decision echoed on social media, the legality of the move remains uncertain. A constitutional professor by training, Saied has claimed that he is acting within the law. TUNISIA : Crowds take to streets in Tunis tonight to celebrate President decision of dismissing Gov

China' s new ambassador to Washington, Qin Gang, on Wednesday wished the United States victory against COVID - 19 and said great potential awaited bilateral relations, striking an optimistic tone as he arrived at his new post amid deeply strained ties. WorldTunisia' s Saied moves on economy and COVID - 19 after dismissing govtJuly 28, 2021.

Backed by the army, Saied's actions included suspending parliament for 30 days. Opponents including the Islamist Ennahda party, parliament's biggest, have accused him of a power grab.

On Wednesday he replaced the head of the television station after an incident in which two guests on a current affairs program said they had been denied entry to the building.

The United States on Monday pressed Tunisia to maintain "scrupulous respect for freedom of expression" after police raided a foreign news bureau, but on Wednesday a New York Times reporter said police had detained her for two hours when out working in Tunis.

Judicial probe

Late on Wednesday the presidency published a video showing Saied telling the head of a business union that "wrong economic choices" had caused major financial problems.

Tunisia is seeking a loan agreement from the International Monetary Fund to finance its projected budget deficit and debt repayments.

Biden misses a coup in Tunisia

  Biden misses a coup in Tunisia President Joe Biden claimed in his inaugural address that future generations would see that his administration "met the moment — that democracy and hope, truth, and justice did not die on our watch but thrived."Biden and his fellow Democrats make much of their supposed struggle to defend democracy against the highly unlikely prospect of a Trump dictatorship. But when it comes to real coups and the actual thwarting of democracy, their attention wanders away.

Its spread has left national economies and businesses counting the costs, as governments struggle with new lockdown measures to tackle the spread of the virus. Despite the development of new vaccines, many are still wondering what recovery could look like. Here is a selection of charts and The FTSE, Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nikkei all saw huge falls as the number of Covid - 19 cases grew in the first months of the crisis. The major Asian and US stock markets have recovered following the announcement of the first vaccine in November, but the FTSE is still in negative territory.

Learn more about the impact of COVID - 19 on the global economy , the shifts in stock markets, and the response of the major industries. While there is no way to tell exactly what the economic damage from the global COVID - 19 coronavirus pandemic will be, there is widespread agreement among economists that it will have severe negative impacts on the global economy .

Saied in the video called on traders to reduce prices of goods and warned them against speculating or hoarding. He also targeted business figure accused of corruption, saying that 460 people had stolen 13.5 billion dinars ($4.8 billion) of public money.

The judiciary had earlier said it was investigating the two biggest parties in parliament, Ennahda and Heart of Tunisia, on suspicion of receiving foreign funds during the 2019 election campaign.

The judiciary, widely seen in Tunisia as independent from politics, said its investigation started 10 days before the president's moves.

Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party that has become the focal point of opposition to Saied's seizure of powers after its leader parliament speaker Rached Ghannouchi accused him of conducting a coup, denied committing any violations.

Heart of Tunisia could not be reached for comment.

Though Ennahda called on Sunday for supporters to come out on the streets against Saied's actions, it has since called for calm and sought national dialog.

There was no sign of protests or other disturbances on Wednesday, although a heavier security presence was in place in central Tunis. The army also remains at the parliament, government and television buildings it surrounded on Sunday.

Saied reiterated a long-standing rule banning gatherings of more than three people in public, but there was no sign it was being enforced as people moved and gathered normally.

Saied has also tightened some existing Covid-19 restrictions including a nightly curfew and ban on travel between cities.

On Wednesday he issued orders to set up a pandemic response center to coordinate Tunisia's handling of the Covid-19 crisis, the presidency said.

for a roadmap in Tunisia: Organizations and Trade Unions launch a call to Kaïs Saïedau President .
© Reuters - Zoubeir Souissi (Image of Illustration) Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed, here in October 2019, when he swarms , in Tunis. Nearly two weeks after the entry into force of exceptional measures, decided by the Tunisian President, civil society remains mobilized. Thus 7 organizations and unions have joined their voices in a joint statement, Thursday, August 5, in which they call the Head of State to clarify his Roadmap and ask for training as soon as possible of a government.

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