Tunisia: Saied dissolves parliament after deputies voted to cancel the exceptional measures taken by the president


Tunisian President Kais Saied

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Qais Saeed suspended parliament a few months ago

Tunisian President Kais Saied dissolved Parliament, on Wednesday, eight months after suspending its work and assuming full executive and legislative authority in July 2021.

“Based on Article 72 of the Constitution, I announce today, at this historic moment, the dissolution of Parliament in order to preserve the people and state institutions,” Saeed said in a speech broadcast on Tunisian official television.

More than 120 deputies in the Tunisian parliament held a virtual meeting in defiance of the president, who suspended their work and dismissed the prime minister, and 116 voted yes, without rejection or reservation on a bill that cancels the exceptional measures taken by the president.

The Tunisian parliament includes 217 deputies.

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