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Tunisian president tries to reassure those who fear for democracy

Although President Kais Saied asserted that he would respect the constitution, some political parties and governmental organizations expressed their concerns about his monopolization of power.
Tunisian police stand guard outside the parliament, Tunis, Tunisia, July 27, 2021.

TUNIS, Tunisia — Mohsen al-Daly, spokesman for the Court of First Instance and the Judicial Counter-Terrorism Division in Tunisia, said in an Aug. 3 statement to Jawhara FM that the Judicial Counter-Terrorism Division opened two terrorism cases related to two members of the suspended parliament, without revealing their identity. He said, “The Financial Judicial Body is facing cases of money laundering, conflict of interest and fraud in which several members of parliament are implicated.” 

President Kais Saied had taken decisions July 25 to lift immunity from the members of parliament, take over the executive authority and suspend parliament for 30 days.

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