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Tunisia – Experts react: What’s next after Tunisian president’s parliamentary freeze? (Atlantic Council)

Karim Mezran, Haykel Ben Mahfoudh, Alia Brahimi, Andrew G. Farrand, Alessia Melcangi, Emadeddin Badi, Alissa Pavia write: On July 25, Tunisian President Kais Saied took drastic measures to bring “peace” to Tunisia and “save the state” from a political system that he claims is plagued by corruption and unfit to handle the current economic and health crises facing the country. President Saied invoked Article 80 of Tunisia’s constitution to sack Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and freeze parliament. By invoking Article 80, which entitles the president to take the necessary measures to halt any imminent “danger threatening the integrity of the country,” Saied assumed full powers under the executive branch. In a publicly broadcast speech, President Saied said he would name a new prime minister within the next thirty days—a deadline which Saied said can be extended until the “situation settles down.”

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