Tunisia arrests lawmaker and TV presenter who known as president a traitor

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TUNIS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Tunisian police on Sunday arrested a member of parliament and a tv presenter who’ve been distinguished critics of President Kais Saied since his seizure of energy in July, their lawyer stated.

The lawyer, Samir Ben Omar, stated the army judiciary had ordered the arrests, accusing the pair of “conspiring against state security and insulting the army” after they broadcast a programme on Zaytouna tv station.

Aloui Abdellatif is a member of parliament for the conservative non secular Karama celebration and Ameur Ayed is a presenter on Zaytouna. In the programme, they strongly criticised Saied and known as him a traitor.

Neither the police nor military had been instantly out there for remark.

Saied suspended parliament, lifted the immunity of its members and assumed govt authority in July earlier than saying final month he would ignore a lot of the structure and rule by decree for a interval of “exceptional measures” with no set finish.

His intervention, following years of financial stagnation and political paralysis, was welcomed by many Tunisians however has forged doubt on Tunisia’s democratic good points for the reason that 2011 revolution that ended autocratic rule and triggered the Arab spring.

Saied has stated he is not going to turn into a dictator and has promised to uphold rights and freedoms. Since July a small variety of parliamentarians have been detained on previous costs that had been activated when their immunity was lifted.

Many different politicians and enterprise leaders have been subjected to journey bans, although Saied stated these would solely be imposed on folks dealing with judicial summons or warrants.

However, there was no widespread marketing campaign of arrests to this point and the press has been in a position to proceed to publish tales crucial of Saied and the authorities.

Most of Tunisia’s political elite have urged him to say how and when he’ll get out of the disaster and two protests have taken place towards his actions over the previous two weekends.

On Sunday Saied’s supporters are anticipated to rally in Tunis to indicate their backing for his intervention, which they see as essential to reset a political system that didn’t reply to the wants of Tunisians.

Reporting by Tarek Amara, writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

A portrait of Tunisian President Kais Saied is displayed inside a photography shop in Tunis, Tunisia September 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jihed Abidellaoui

Tunisian President Kais Saied takes the oath of office in Tunis, Tunisia, October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souiss/File Photo/File Photo

A portrait of Tunisian President Kais Saied is displayed inside a photography shop in Tunis, Tunisia September 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jihed Abidellaoui