Tunisia in Crisis: Thousands Protest President Saied’s Seizure of Power on 12th Anniversary of Ben Ali’s Exile

Of tunisians have taken to the streets to demonstrate against president kais saied as the country faces a deepening political and economic crisis. the protests were organised by two different opposition groups and took place in tunis’ central habib bourguiba avenue, with a heavy police presence outside the interior ministry to prevent scuffles. the demonstrations occurred on the 12th anniversary of the overthrow of the late dictator zine al-abidine ben ali.

Protesters were calling for an end to mr saied’s government and the seizure of near total power in 2021. this action saw the president sack the prime minister, suspend parliament and push through a constitution that gave him full executive control and supreme command of the army. the new constitution replaced one drafted soon after the arab spring in 2011.

Government has so far been unable to secure an international bailout leading one protester to tell the afp news agency “the coup has brought us famine and poverty”. tunisians who supported mr saied since he came to power in 2021 have grown increasingly frustrated with the state of the economy. mr saied has justified his actions by saying he needed new powers to break a cycle of political paralysis and economic decay. he has taken control of all authority and struck at democracy, leading to the current crisis in the country.


By Evey Lovelace

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