Tunisia president dismisses PM and suspends parliament

Tunisian president has dismissed Prime Minister and suspended parliament.

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Tunisian president has dismissed Prime Minister and suspended parliament.

The Tunisian government was under the rule of Kais Saied after the Arab Spring revolution. Now, the president had turned over the government and suspended the parliament. 

Saied, an independent without a party behind him, announced he was invoking an emergency article of Tunisia’s constitution on Sunday night after a day of violent protests against the country’s biggest party, the Islamist-inspired Ennahda movement.

Tunis was flooded with celebrating crowds waving flags, letting off fireworks, and honking car horns after Saied’s declaration, in scenes reminiscent of the 2011 protests which toppled the country’s longtime autocratic ruler, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Africa is on verge of a virus outbreak and is now facing political instability. Several protests have erupted and many citizens have clashed with the security forces. More than 18,000 people in the country of 12 million have died of coronavirus since the pandemic began, crippling the tourism industry, which makes up 16% of Tunisia’s GDP, for two years in a row.

Tunisia now has to deal with the rising COVID cases and with the political instability.