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Timeline: Kais Saied's crackdown in Tunisia, from suspending parliament to arresting Ghannouchi

Tunisian President Kais Saied has been steadily consolidating power since 2021 when he dismissed parliament in a move widely described as a coup. He is now cracking down further on his Islamist political opponents.
Tunisian President Kais Saied meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during the U.S. - Africa Leaders Summit on December 14, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Summit brings together heads of state, government officials, business leaders, and civil society to strengthen ties between the U.S. and Africa. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Tunisian authorities closed the offices of the Islamist opposition party Ennahda on Tuesday. The move represents only the latest effort by President Kais Saied in the past two years to sideline his political opponents and amass power.  

The authorities specifically banned meetings at all Ennahda offices throughout the country. This followed the arrest on Monday evening of Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi. Police also closed the headquarters of the National Salvation Front — a big tent coalition of Saied’s opponents that includes Ennahda, according to Reuters. 

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