Tunisian president dissolves parliament

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Tunisian President Kais Saied has dissolved parliament, which he suspended eight months ago following mass protests.

It came as the lawmakers yesterday convened online and voted to repeal presidential decrees that gave him near total power since last year.

The president termed the parliament’s move a coup attempt.

He said parliament had lost its legitimacy and had betrayed the nation, and the members of parliaments responsible would be prosecuted.

Kais Saied suspended parliament, assumed executive powers and moved to rewrite the constitution eight months ago. He has since ruled by decree.

Since then, anger at economic conditions in Tunisia has sparked street protests, some involving clashes with the police.