TUNIS, TUNISIA – The main Tunisian parliamentary bloc Ennahdha gathered thousands of people on Saturday for a demonstration in support of the government amid a standoff with President Kais Saied.
The Islamist-inspired Ennahdha and liberal Qalb Tounes parties lobbied for a government reshuffle by Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi in mid-January, introducing 11 new ministers.
Saied sharply criticized the reshuffle – confirmed by parliament – saying he had not been consulted, and he accused some ministers of being suspected of corruption and conflicts of interest.
He also refused to confirm new ministers, including Home Affairs, Justice and Health, leaving the government paralyzed, in a country reeling from economic hardship and the coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday’s protest in the capital, Tunis, was called by Ennahdha, and several protesters said they rallied …
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