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The political crisis is still raging in Tunisia. For almost a month, there has been a dismissal between the two directors, President Kais Saïed and Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi. Last Saturday, the leader of the parliament, the Islamist Rached Ghannouchi, called on the head of state to convene a three-way meeting to find a way out of the crisis. But the Tunisian president now wants the Mechichi government’s direct departure.

According to sources close to the Tunisian presidency, President Kais Saîed is paving the way for the crisis in Tunisia with the resignation of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi.

The president sees the latter as a “traitor” who “broke his commitments” to ally with the Islamist movement Ennahda and become involved in the “proxy war” that pits the president against Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of the assembly. A conflict over the individual powers has actually opposed the two men for several months.

The current crisis dates back to January 15, when the Prime Minister made a switchover of 11 portfolios. The president refused to swear in the new ministers required by the procedure, saying “suspicion of corruption and conflicts of interest” weighs on some of them.

In the distance between them, the prime minister then fired their functions on January 26, five ministers close to the president.

The extremely tense political situation took to the streets. Following calls from the Dostourien movement for several rallies, the Ennahda movement in power is calling for a large demonstration next Saturday “to support the government and parliament on their powers”.


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