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Tunisian Army Surrounds Parliament Building as Protesters Attack Offices of Islamist Party - Reports

© REUTERS / ZOUBEIR SOUISSIA military vehicle drives on a street as supporters of Tunisia's President Kais Saied gather after he dismissed the government and froze parliament, in Tunis, Tunisia July 25, 2021.
A military vehicle drives on a street as supporters of Tunisia's President Kais Saied gather after he dismissed the government and froze parliament, in Tunis, Tunisia July 25, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.07.2021
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CAIRO (Sputnik) - The Tunisian army forces have surrounded the parliament building in the capital city, Tunis, after Tunisian President Kais Saied dismissed Prime Minister Hicham Mechichi and said he was freezing parliament, radio Mosaique FM reports.
Supporters of Tunisia's President Kais Saied gather on the streets as they celebrate after he dismissed the government and froze parliament, in Tunis, Tunisia July 25, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.07.2021
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The Tunisian president also decided to suspend immunity for all members of parliament.
According to Mosaique FM, soldiers were deployed to the area in front of the parliament building as well as that of Tunisian state television in Tunis after Saied’s announcement.
Earlier on Sunday, protests were held in a number of Tunisian cities with demonstrators demanding that the government step down. Some offices of the Ennahda party, headed by Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, were attacked.
Saied also banned Ghannouchi and 64 lawmakers from leaving the country, Tunisie Numerique reports citing an anonymous source.
Mosaique FM reported that protesters continued to attack Ennahda offices after Saied’s announcement and that several of the party’s headquarters had been set on fire.
Ghannouchi reportedly accused the president of committing a constitutional coup and a coup against the revolution on Sunday.
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