Tunisian President Kais Saied said on Monday that 1.8 million people had attended Sunday rallies in support of his policy. The assessment is very different from the data of the government’s independent TAP and Reuters agencies, which claim that around 8,000 people took to the streets in Tunis.
– It was a historic day. The day when 1.8 million people took to the streets, said Kais Saied during a meeting with the newly-designated Prime Minister Najla Bouden Romdhane. – The nation took the floor. We will not disappoint Tunisians, added the president.
About eight thousand people took to the streets in Tunis, according to the independent government agency TAP and Reuters.
The Reuters Agency noted that there were certainly more demonstrators across the country, because several thousand people were demonstrating in other cities of the country, e.g. in Sfax. “There is no doubt that more people took to the streets on Sunday to express their support for Saied than two weeks ago, when there was a protest against his policy. Two counter-demonstrations organized on Sunday were also less numerous,” the agency reported.
The total population of Tunisia is 12 million.
The Saied issues decrees with the force of laws
Tunisian President Kais Saied dissolved parliament on 25 July and stripped the immunities of all its members. At the same time, he dismissed Prime Minister Hiszam Mesziszi and his cabinet, taking over the full executive power in the state. The head of state rules by issuing decrees with the force of laws. He maintains that he adheres to the constitution adopted in 2014 on the wave of the so-called jasmine revolution of 2011.
The representatives of Tunisian political elites continue to appeal to the head of state to present a program of measures to ensure an exit from the crisis and to set a date for returning to democratic practice. In the last two weeks, there were two protests in the country, the participants of which demanded a return to the status quo ante.
On Sunday, a rally of Saied supporters was held in Tunis. The Tunisians who support him believe that the “reset” of the Tunisian political system was a necessity, because “the current regime did not meet the needs of Tunisians,” explained Reuters.
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