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Tunisia MP accuses president of treason, receiving CIA funding

Tunisian President Kais Saied speaks during a ceremony in Tunis, Tunisia on March 22, 2021 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]
Tunisian President Kais Saied speaks during a ceremony in Tunis, Tunisia on March 22, 2021 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

A member of the Tunisian Parliament accused President Kais Saied of treason, claiming that he had documents proving that the head of state had received funding from the US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

During a live broadcast on Facebook, MP Rached Khiari said the president received $5 million from a US intelligence officer during the presidential election campaign.

He claimed that Saied's campaign manager received the funds via Western Union, alleging that he "has documents to prove it."

"There is an audio recording and a photo showing Kais Saied talking with the US intelligence, and we have all the documents that prove that he received huge amounts of money from America," Khiara added.

"I dare Nawfel Saied, the president's brother, to say that I am lying about the phone call he received from the US telling him that his brother Kais Saied is Tunisia's next president before he even won the elections."

The Tunisian MP concluded his statements by calling on the president to waive immunity and let the judiciary resolve the case while demanding the public prosecutor's office to launch an investigation and the electoral commission to cancel the results of the presidential election.

Khiari has previously attacked the president, calling Saied an "eccentric [who] considered himself the Mahdi [the Rightly Guided One]," adding that the president "thinks he represents the ultimate good and everyone else is the ultimate evil."

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