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Tunisian president targets judiciary, dismisses dozens of judges

Tunisian President Kais Saied has dismissed 57 judges, accusing them of obstructing investigations into terrorism cases and committing financial and moral corruption.
Tunisian citizens and lawyers leave the court of the governorate of Ariana after the announcement of a strike by judges, following the dissolution of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary by President Kais Saied, Feb. 9, 2022.

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisian judges began June 6 a one-week general strike in courts across the country, subject to renewal, following the Tunisian Judges Association's call to protest against President Kais Saied’s decision to dismiss dozens of judges.

In response, Saied demanded during a meeting with Minister of Justice Laila Jaffal June 6 that the days the judges go on strike be deducted from their salaries, threatening to impose other penalties.

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