Tunisian Press Syndicate Says State TV Bars Political Parties


Tunisian state TV has barred parties from entering its buildings or taking part in talk shows, press syndicate says. Mehdi Jlassi, the syndicate head, told the Reuters news agency on Tuesday that the apparent ban had been in force since President Kais Saied seized most powers in July, in moves that his foes have branded a coup. 

Saied dismissed the government and suspended parliament, saying these were necessary steps to prevent the state from collapsing after years of political party feuding and policymaking paralysis that has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. He has started preparing a new constitution that he has said he will offer to a referendum in July. The vote will take place following an online public consultation that will start in January. Saied has faced mass demonstrations and growing accusations that he is becoming a new dictator. 

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