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Daesh celebrates president’s coup in Tunisia

August 2, 2021 at 2:02 pm

A screen grab captured from a video on July 26, 2021, shows Tunisian President Kais Saied meets union leaders in Tunis, Tunisia [Tunisian Presidential Image/Anadolu Agency]

Social media accounts have circulated details of a Daesh publication which is celebrating the coup carried out by Tunisian President Kais Saied on the grounds that this constitutes a setback for the democratic path, which the terrorist organisation considers to be incompatible with Islam.

The publication describes Saied as a “tyrant”, but goes on to celebrate his coup against members of the Ennahda movement whom it describes as “apostates”. Adding that such setbacks for democracy “prove the integrity” of Daesh’s approach.

Daesh has suffered defeats in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and its activities around the world are now carried out by sleeper cells and lone fighters, who are believed to have been recruited via online publications of this type.

A week ago, Tunisian President Kais Saied froze parliament for 30 days, lifted the immunity of deputies, dismissed the prime minister and took over the executive and judicial powers.

Saied says that his exceptional measures are based on Article 80 of the constitution and aim to “save the Tunisian state” in light of popular protests against the political, economic and health crises sweeping the country.

However, the majority of parties, including Ennahda rejected the measures, considered it a “coup against the constitution” and the 2011 revolution.

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