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Political crisis in Tunisia reflected in the streets

The battle for power between Tunisian President Kais Saied and the parliament headed by Rashid Ghannouchi is escalating and has moved to the street.
Tunisians raise national flags as they take to the streets of the capital to protest against their president, Tunis, Tunisia, April 10, 2022.

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia has been grappling with protest movements sweeping across the country since last year. Some of these protests come in support of President Kais Saied’s decisions taken since suspending parliament on July 25, 2021 — and more recently dissolving it — a move he said should be followed by early parliamentary elections; while others oppose them and support the parties that reject them. Chief among these are the Islamist Ennahda party and the lef-wing Workers Party.

On April 17, dozens of people and representatives of human rights organizations staged a protest in Sfax governorate, southeast of the capital Tunis, as they denounced the deterioration of the Tunisians’ purchasing power and the inflation that resulted from what they labeled as the “July 25 coup.”

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