More than a thousand Tunisians rallied Sunday decrying what they said was a power grab by President Kais Saied and his proposed constitutional reforms.
“Get out,” protesters in the capital Tunis shouted at a rally organised by the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party that dominated the now-dissolved parliament, and a movement named “Citizens Against the Coup”.
Saied – a former law professor elected in 2019 amid public anger against the political class — on July 25 last year sacked the government, froze the assembly, and seized wide-ranging powers.
He later gave himself powers to rule and legislate by decree and seized control over the judiciary.
Last month, the president dissolved parliament, dealing another blow to the political system in place since the North African country’s 2011 revolt, which sparked the Arab Spring uprisings in the region.