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Muslim Brotherhood calls for Tunisians to start 'serious dialogue'

Security forces take security measures around parliament building as supporters and opponents of coup gather in front of parliament building after Tunisian President Kais Saied announced late Sunday that he has fully assumed executive authority in addition to suspending parliament in Tunis, Tunisia on 26 July 2021. [Nacer Talel - Anadolu Agency]
Tunisian forces take security measures around parliament during a protest against suspending parliament, in Tunis, Tunisia on 26 July 2021 [Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency]

The Muslim Brotherhood yesterday called on Tunisian President Kais Saied and politicians and factions in the country to start "serious dialogue" to overcome the current crises facing it, Anadolu news agency reported.

In a statement posted on the official website of the Muslim Brotherhood two days after Saied fired Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and froze parliament.

The group said it "is closely following the shocking developments in Tunisia."

It stressed that "democracy should be respected at this critical time, gains of the Tunisians should be maintained" and "the free choices of the Tunisians should be placed on the top of the priorities."

"We appeal to the Tunisian people, political and social forces, including the president, parliament and government to start a serious dialogue."

The Muslim Brotherhood stressed that "the serious dialogue will prevent the country from sliding into a slippery slope of unacceptable violence, destruction and havoc."

On Sunday, Saied sacked the government, froze parliament and assumed executive authority by himself over claims of political deadlock that led to the deterioration of the economic conditions in the country.

His move came following protests against the deteriorating economic conditions and the government's mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.

Most parliamentarian blocks condemned Saied's move as a coup, calling it unconstitutional. Only one block, which holds 15 seats out of 217 consisted of old regime remnants, supported it.

READ: What is Article 80 which Tunisia's president has used to justify his 'coup'?

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