Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki called on the army and security forces to abandon the current President, Kais Saied, until he can be "isolated and put on trial."
Taking to Facebook, Marzouki wrote: "To the lurking dictator: Tunisians cannot be ruled by decrees, but by laws, institutions, and the constitution, thanks to which you came to power and which you swore to defend and then lied to God and the people. For the rest of the world, this lurking dictator is half a century behind the time of the Tunisians and does not represent us."
"To the security and military establishment and the deep state: Do not bet on someone who is an intruder to patriotism, someone who comes from outside time and place and will leave quickly."
"A message to the young leaders on the field: We must move on to the second stage of assembly, planning, and implementation so that the snowball grows one week to a week every Saturday and Sunday in every city until the goal is achieved: isolation, trial, resuming the building of a state of law and institutions."
Marzouki has previously called for Saied to be dismissed and brought to trial, then early presidential and legislative elections should be held, he explained, adding that the current president has become "an imminent danger that must be stopped."
On 25 July, Tunisian President Kais 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.