President accused of attack on Tunisian democracy after sacking the country’s prime minister and suspending parliament.
Tunisia’s president described his election victory in 2019 as “like a new revolution” – and on Sunday night he brought huge crowds of supporters onto the streets by sacking the government and freezing parliament in a move his foes called a coup.
Kais Saied, a 63-year-old independent politician and former constitutional lawyer with an awkward public manner and a preference for an ultra-formal speaking style of classical Arabic, is now at the undisputed centre of Tunisian politics.
Nearly two years after his election and a separate vote that created a deeply divided parliament, he has sidelined the prime minister and parliament speaker with a move seen by critics as an unconstitutional power grab.
However, as tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of main cities to celebrate, Saied appeared to be riding a wave of…