Rached Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda Party attends a news conference in Tunis, September 27, 2019. (Reuters)
The spokesman of Tunisia’s Financial and Judicial Pole said on Wednesday that an investigation has been opened in regards to three political parties for receiving foreign funding during previous elections.
Speaking to Sky News Arabia, Mohsen Al-Dali said the probe will include the Islamist Ennahda Party, Qalb Tounes, and Aish Tounsi.
He added that those suspected of receiving funding to spend on electoral campaigns from either foreign or unknown sources will be facing legal actions pending investigation.
The Pole was established in 2012 as a specialised entity to investigate acts of corruption and money laundering.
The probe follows a group of decisions taken by President Kais Saied on Sunday in regards to Tunisia’s executive, legislative, and judicial authorities.
Saied said he will let the public prosecution be in charge of investigations into “crimes” committed against Tunisia, dismiss premier Hichem Mechichi, suspend the parliament for a month, and revoke the immunity of all parliamentarians.
The president will also lead the executive authority and announce a new head of government whose name is yet to be revealed. He also removed the defence ministers and acting justice minister from their posts.
Saied also ordered a nationwide curfew between 7pm and 6am from 26 July to 27 August and banned travelling across cities and public gatherings of more than three people.