Supporters of the Ennahda movement assaulted the Al-Arabiya correspondent in front of the Tunisian parliament, in front of which the Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi and a number of his supporters are located, after he announced the start of a sit-in in front of the parliament surrounded by the Tunisian army, today, Monday, according to Agence France-Presse. .
Meanwhile, Al-Arabiya correspondent reported that skirmishes erupted between Ennahda supporters and Tunisian citizens in front of the parliament headquarters, while Ghannouchi tried to enter parliament, but the army prevented him from doing so. He added that the army separates Ennahda supporters from protesters in front of Parliament, while Ennahda supporters try to storm the parliament headquarters, while army armored vehicles are securing the parliament gates from the inside.
Al-Arabiyas correspondent also reported that there are unconfirmed reports that the dismissed Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashishi may be detained in one of the army’s headquarters after his dismissal, amid reports of a meeting of the General Labor Union to announce a position on the latest developments.
Ghannouchi, the leader of the Islamic Ennahda Movement, the largest party represented in parliament, and deputies went to the parliament since three in the morning, but were prevented from entering by the army, which is inside behind closed doors.
Stealing people’s money
Tunisian President Kais Saied vowed, in a speech he delivered from Habib Bourguiba Street, at dawn today, “Some will pay a heavy price.” He said, “Whoever stole the people’s money and is trying to escape, how can he escape… who have the money and want to starve the people?”
He added, “I do not want a single drop of blood to be shed. Whoever directs a weapon other than the legitimate weapon will be met with a weapon, but I do not want a single drop of blood to be shed.”
He reiterated, “What happened was not a coup… so let them read the meaning of the coup.”
The Tunisian president, who has been locked in a conflict for months with the Ennahda party, the largest party represented in parliament, took a decision on Sunday to freeze all parliament’s work, announcing that he would assume executive power.
Ghannouchi considered the decisions taken by the Tunisian president as a coup against the elected institutions and other institutions.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Ghannouchi said, “What Kais Saied has done is a coup against the revolution and the constitution, and the supporters of Ennahda and the Tunisian people will defend the revolution.”
The Tunisian presidency said in a statement that the order to freeze the activities of the Tunisian parliament will last 30 days, while military vehicles surrounded the parliament, the interior and the TV building.
The presidency indicated that President Kais Saied’s recent decisions, announced by the president on Sunday evening, came after consulting both the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Assembly of People’s Representatives, and pursuant to Article 80 of the Constitution.
The presidency indicated that an order will be issued in the coming hours regulating these exceptional measures, which were necessitated by the circumstances, and which will be lifted when their causes disappear.