Tunisia: Kais Saied dismisses senior state officials

On Tuesday evening, Tunisian President Kais Saied issued new decisions relieving officials in high positions in the state from their duties, among them is the director of the military judiciary.

A presidential order was issued to terminate the duties of the State Attorney General, Director of Military Justice, Brigadier-General Tawfiq Al-Ayouni.

Kais Saied issued other decisions relieving advisors to the Prime Minister from their positions, and relieving some of those charged with a mission in the Prime Minister’s Office.

The decisions included relieving the General Secretary of the Government and the Director of the Office of the Presidency of the Government from their duties, and terminating the duties of a number of officials in high positions.

The exemptions also included Al-Moez Li Din Allah Al-Muqaddam, Director of the Cabinet of the dismissed Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashishi, Secretary General of the Government Walid Al-Dhahabi, and all advisors to the dismissed Prime Minister, Rashad bin Ramadan, Salim Al-Tisawi and Mufdi Al-Masdi, and the head of the General Authority for the Martyrs and Wounded of the Revolution and Terrorist Operations, Abdul Razzaq Al-Kilani.

On Sunday evening, Saeed announced, after an emergency meeting with military and security leaders, the freezing of the powers of Parliament, and the exemption of the prime minister from his duties, provided that he himself assumes the executive authority with the help of a government whose prime minister is appointed.

On Monday, Said dismissed the Prime Minister in charge of managing the Ministry of Interior, Ibrahim Al-Bertajy, the Minister of Defense, and Hasna Ben Slimane, the minister in charge of the public service and the acting minister of justice, starting from Sunday.

After an emergency meeting with military and security leaders on Sunday evening, Saeed announced exceptional measures that include the dismissal of the prime minister, provided that he himself assumes the executive authority with the help of a government whose president is appointed, and freezes the powers of Parliament for a period of 30 days, and lifts the immunity of representatives, and is headed by the Public Prosecution.

Said said he took these decisions to “save the Tunisian state”; But the majority of parties rejected it, and some considered it a “coup against the constitution,” while others supported it, considering it a “correction of the path.”

Tunisia is seen as the only Arab country that succeeded in carrying out a democratic transition among other Arab countries that also witnessed popular revolutions, years ago, that toppled the ruling regimes in it, including Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

Tunisian President Kais Saied took exceptional decisions after massive demonstrations in Tunisia, and in his latest speech regarding the crisis on Monday, he confirmed that he had warned more than once, and there was no acceptance, and that his patience had run out due to the crises affecting the country, declaring his full responsibility for the Tunisian people. , pointing out that the coup is to deviate from legitimacy, but resorted to the constitution.

Saeed relied on the decisions to freeze the work of the parliament, which has a majority of the Ennahda movement (the political arm of the Brotherhood), to lift the immunity of the deputies, to relieve Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashishi, and to assume the executive authority with the help of a prime minister appointed by him, on the text of Article 80 of the Tunisian constitution, in an emergency meeting last Sunday. With the military and security leaders.


Arab Observer

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