On Saturday, mass demonstrations took place in the Tunisian capital, and protests were directed against President Kais Saied and his seizure of power.
Both rival opposition groups chose to express their displeasure.
Saied is increasingly criticized for the difficult economic situation and hyperinflation. Demonstrators chanted in Tunisia, “Down, down,” and “the coup down,” which once experienced the birth of the so-called Arab Spring and the Jasmine Revolution in North Africa. It didn’t lead anywhere.
Now discontent is turning once again to the government and the soft coup that President Said carried out last summer. The prime minister was stripped of power, parliament was dissolved, and Said then consolidated the concentration of power through a referendum on constitutional change.
Parts of a population of about 12 million have welcomed the concentration of power after years of political division since the overthrow of then-dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.
The representative of the Islamist Ennahda party, Ali Larayedh, a former prime minister, said the protests were a “call for Said to leave” power.
The secular Liberal Democratic Party, which is usually on a collision course with Ennahda, also chose to demonstrate in Tunis on Saturday.
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