Tunisian president says 1.8 million individuals protested for him on Sunday

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TUNIS, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Tunisia’s President Kais Saied mentioned on Monday that 1.8 million individuals had come onto the streets on Sunday throughout rallies in assist of him that appeared to convey out solely a tiny fraction of that quantity.

“Yesterday was a historic day with about 1.8 million taking to the street,” mentioned Saied in a video his workplace posted on-line.

“The people gave their word… we will not disappoint Tunisians,” he added within the video of his assembly with the designated prime minister.

Reuters journalists on the major demonstration in central Tunis mentioned greater than 8,000 individuals had been current – many greater than attended protests opposing Saied on the 2 earlier weekends.

Several thousand different demonstrators additionally rallied in Sfax and in every of a number of different cities in accordance with witnesses and native media.

The state-owned TAP information company, which has editorial independence from the authorities, additionally put the variety of demonstrators on Sunday at 8,000.

The inhabitants of Tunisia is about 12 million.

Saied in July dismissed the prime minister and suspended the elected parliament in strikes his critics name a coup, and has since brushed apart a lot of the structure, which he has mentioned he’ll amend.

His intervention has forged doubt on Tunisia’s democratic good points since its 2011 revolution that triggered the Arab spring, however appeared broadly fashionable after years of financial stagnation and political paralysis.

However, throughout latest weeks his strikes have confronted rising opposition from the political elite and international donors, with Tunisia going through a looming disaster in public funds.

Reporting by Tarek Amara, writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by David Gregorio

Supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied rally in support of his seizure of power and suspension of parliament, in Tunis, Tunisia, October 3, 2021. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied rally in support of his seizure of power and suspension of parliament, in Tunis, Tunisia, October 3, 2021. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Supporters of Tunisian President Kais Saied rally in support of his seizure of power and suspension of parliament, in Tunis, Tunisia, October 3, 2021. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi