The suspension of parliament in Tunisia has been extended indefinitely by President Kais Saied, Anadolu has reported. Saied announced the initial 30-day suspension on 25 July.The president also extended the suspension of MPs’ immunity, his office added. He will deliver a speech to the nation about this in the coming days.
On 25 July, Saied cited Article 80 of the constitution to dismiss Prime Minister Hicham Mechichi, freeze the work of parliament for 30 days, lift the immunity of ministers, and appoint himself as head of the executive authority until the formation of a new government.
This comes after violent protests broke out in several Tunisian cities criticising the government’s handling of the economy and the coronavirus. Demonstrators had called for parliament to be dissolved.
The majority of the country’s political parties slammed the move as a “coup against the constitution” and the achievements of the 2011 revolution.
To date, Saied has not appointed a new prime minister.