Tunisian security officers hold back supporters of President Kais Saied as they chant slogans denouncing the country's main Islamist Annahda party in front of the Parliament which was cordoned-off by the military in the capital Tunis following a move by the president to suspend the country's parliament and dismiss the Prime Minister.AFP
In a written statement, EU Commission spokesperson Nabila Massrali said Monday, “We call on all Tunisian actors to respect the Constitution, its institutions and the rule of law. We also call on them to remain calm and to avoid any resort to violence in order to preserve the stability of the country.”
On Sunday, Saied sacked Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and ordered parliament closed for 30 days, a move the biggest political party Ennahdha decried as a "coup", following a day of angry nationwide street protests against the government's handling of the Covid pandemic.
Police intervened Monday to prevent clashes outside the parliament building between lawmakers from Islamist party Ennahdha, which dominates the Assembly of the Representatives of the People of Tunisia, and demonstrators supporting President Kais Saeid.
Both sides shouted and some stones were thrown, according to an Associated Press reporter and videos circulating online