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Tunisians Protest President Saied’s Dictatorship Move As He Announced He Will Start Ruling By Decree

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protesters have gathered on Sunday in the centre of Tunis along Habib Bourguiba Avenue to protest against their President, Kais Saied as he suspended parliament and announced he will start rolling by decree.

Demonstrators are chanting “The people want the fall of the coup.”

The president suspended most parts of the 2014 constitution as he arrogates to himself the power to rule by decree on Wednesday.

This is coming just two months after sacking the prime minister, suspending parliament, and assuming executive authority.

The iconic National Theatre which is historically home to all the major demonstrations in Tunis has become a mecca of sort as thousands rally to demand the president’s resignation.

Aljazeera reports that about 20 global and Tunisian human rights groups issued a statement on Saturday condemning the move as a “power grab”.

The signatories argued the decree, which strengthens the powers of the president’s office at the expense of those of the prime minister and parliament, is “implicitly abrogating the constitutional order in … the first step towards authoritarianism”.

Sunday’s protest was the second since Saied dismissed the government and suspended parliament on July 25.

However, Saied’s move has the consensus of large swaths of the population, who see his actions as necessary to address a crisis of political paralysis, economic stagnation and a poor response to the coronavirus pandemic.

On the other side of the street, a small but vocal group of Saied supporters chanted, “Kais Saied is good.”

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