Tunisian President Kais Saied joined crowds in the capital Tunis late on Sunday night after he has sacked the prime minister and suspended parliament. Saied defended his decision as in line with the constitution and said he would assume executive authority alongside a new prime minister. He argued that his actions were in line with a constitutional article that gives the president broad powers under exceptional circumstances. People acros the country protested against government’s mishandling of Covid-19. Thousands of people had violently demonstrated against the ruling party in Tunis and other cities, shouting “Get out!” Thousands of people defied virus restrictions. Protesters stormed the offices of the Islamist governing Ennahdha party, smashing computers and setting fire to its local headquarters. Sunday’s protests were the largest in months and the biggest to target Ennahda in years. Police also deployed around the parliament.
In Tunis, the capital, they fired tear gas and made several arrests.The President intended to bring calm to the country but opponents branded his move a coup. President Saied vowed to respond to further violence with military force. The moves came on Tunisia’s Republic Day. Ten years ago, the Tunisian revolution ushered in democracy and triggered the Arab Spring revolts across the region. Now, the country is battling a deep economic crisis and one of Africa’s worst coronavirus outbreaks. The country has reimposed lockdowns and other virus restrictions because it’s facing one of Africa’s worst virus outbreaks.