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Tunisian President Dissolves Supreme Judicial Council (Video)


Sun 06 Feb 2022 | 11:06 AM
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Tunisian President Kais Saied dissolved Supreme Judicial Council, on Sunday, due to its delay in issuing rulings in cases of corruption and terrorism.

"In this council, positions and appointments are sold according to loyalties. Their place is not the place where they sit now, but where the accused stand," Saied said in a speech in the interior ministry.

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Parties and organizations, including the powerful UGTT union, said they will demonstrate to pressure the judiciary to hold those involved in terrorism accountable, on the ninth anniversary of the assassination of secular politician Chokri Belaid.

On his part, Saied affirmed that "Tunisians have the right to demonstrate peacefully and commemorate their martyrs, stressing their right to know the truth and to have a judiciary overseen by judges who only apply the law."

The president's approval of Sunday's demonstrations comes even though a government decision to ban all demonstrations remains in effect.

Last July, the President sacked Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and suspended parliament for 30 days, a decision that led to huge protests over the government’s handling of the Covid crisis.

The president also ordered a crackdown on 460 businessmen suspected of corruption as well as an investigation into the “illegal funding” of parties.