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Tunisian presidency fires head of state TV, other top officials

The firing comes days after Tunisian President Kais Saied announced he was sacking the prime minister and suspending parliament.
Tunisian President Kais Saied delivers a speech following the launch of Russia's Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying 38 foreign satellites among them Tunisia's first satellite Challenge-1, at Telnet telecommunications group in the capital Tunis on March 22, 2021.

The office of Tunisian President Kais Saied has fired the head of the country’s official television station and other top state officials amid political turmoil his critics have described as a coup. 

Saied has appointed a temporary replacement for the president of Wataniya television, Mohamed Lassaad Dahech, Saied's office said. The firing of the TV chief Wednesday came just hours after AFP reported that a journalism union representative and human rights activist who were scheduled to appear on a show were prevented by security agents from entering the studios. The Defense Ministry and the presidency denied issuing such orders. 

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