MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied are facing off against those of Ennahda, the largest political party in parliament, near the legislature building amid a prolonged political crisis, a Tunisian radio station, Shems FM, reported on Monday.
Parliamentary Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, who heads Ennahda, was not allowed to enter the parliament building, which was earlier today surrounded by Tunisian army forces, and is reportedly staying in his car nearby.
Supporters of the president and those backing Ennahda, a moderate Islamist party, were throwing stones and bottles at each other, with security forces trying to hold them apart, the Tunisian Mosaique FM radio said.
On 26 July, the Tunisian president, who ran as an independent, dismissed Prime Minister Hicham Mechichi, a member of Ennahda, froze the parliament for 30 days, and suspended the legal immunity of parliament members amid recent anti-government protests fueled by popular anger over inefficient handling of the COVID-19 surge. Saied said he would now assume executive power alongside a new prime minister, who is yet to be appointed.