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Prominent opposition politician in Tunisia is detained at home

Sep 5, 2023 | Politics | 0 comments

— Harare According to the country’s main opposition coalition, according to Reuters, Abdel Karim Harouni, a senior figure in the opposition Ennahda Islamic Party, is under house arrest.

Harouni, who also serves as its leader, is in charge of Ennahda’s highest administrative body, the major political party in the parliament that President Kais Saied abolished in 2021.

According to the Salvation Front coalition, “the arbitrary judgement” against Harouni was brought on by the detention of Ennahda officials and the closing of their offices.

Many party leaders, including Rached Ghannouchi, the president’s most outspoken critic, Noureddine Bhiri, Riadh Bettaib, Said Ferjani, Sahbi Atigue, and Mohamed Ben Salem, were all imprisoned by the police this year.

The government also forbade gatherings at any Ennahda offices, and the police shuttered all party offices, a move that Ennahda claims are meant to strengthen a totalitarian rule. This year, the police detained prominent political figures after Saied overthrew the elected parliament in 2021 and declared the nation a dictatorship by decree before revising the constitution. They had accused Saied of launching a coup. Saied called those being held “terrorists, traitors, and criminals.”

Local and international rights groups are pleading with the government to free the inmates after the incarceration of the leaders of the opposition parties was denounced as having a political motivation.

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