Tunisia's Arab Spring Honeymoon Is Over....

Tunisian President Kais Saied sacked the Defence minister Monday, a day after ousting the prime minister and suspending parliament, plunging the young democracy into a constitutional crisis in the midst of a pandemic.
Street clashes erupted Monday outside the army-barricaded parliament, after Saied dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and ordered parliament closed for 30 days, a move the biggest political party Ennahdha decried as a “coup”.

[ATTACH=full]376270[/ATTACH]
Tunisian security officers hold back supporters of President Kais Saied in front of Parliament,

[SIZE=6]RELATED[/SIZE]
[ul]
[li][SIZE=5]Tunisian president suspends parliament[/SIZE][/li]Africa 21 hours ago
[li][SIZE=5]Suspect in attempted stabbing of Mali interim President dies[/SIZE][/li]Africa 10 hours ago
[/ul]
Saied declared on Sunday that he had “taken the necessary decisions to save Tunisia, the state and the Tunisian people,” following street protests in multiple cities against the government’s handling of the Covid pandemic.
The president, who under the constitution controls the armed forces, warned his opponents against taking up arms, threatening that if anyone “fires a single bullet, our forces will respond with a rain of bullets”.

[ATTACH=full]376271[/ATTACH]
Tunisian President Kais Saied gesturing among supporters, as he walks protected by security, in Tunis’s central Habib Bourguiba Avenue, after he ousted the prime minister and ordered parliament closed for 30 days.

On Monday afternoon, a statement from the presidency announced the dismissals of Defence minister Ibrahim Bartaji and acting Justice minister Hasna Ben Slimane, who is also the government spokeswoman.

[SIZE=6]Assembly blocked[/SIZE]
Soldiers from early Monday blockaded the assembly in Tunis while Saied backers hurled stones, bottles and insults at supporters of the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha, whose leader was barred entry to the complex.
Troops also surrounded the office of Mechichi, who was yet to officially react to the events rocking the North African country.
Later in the afternoon, the protests died down.
Saied’s dramatic move – a decade on from Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, often held up as the Arab Spring’s sole success story – comes even though the constitution enshrines a parliamentary democracy.

It “is a coup d’etat against the revolution and against the constitution,” said Ennahdha, the lead party in Tunisia’s fractious ruling coalition charged, warning its members “will defend the revolution”.
The crisis follows months of deadlock between the president, the premier and Ennahdha chief Rached Ghannouchi, which has crippled the Covid response as deaths have surged to one of the world’s highest per capita rates.
Tunisia has recently been overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases which have raised the death toll to more than 18,000 in a nation of 12 million.
Police also shuttered the local bureau of Qatari-based Al Jazeera television, the network’s Tunis director Lotfi Hajji said, warning that “what is happening is very dangerous, it is proof that freedom of the press is threatened”.
[SIZE=6]‘Preventing danger’[/SIZE]
The powerful Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) which played a key role in the 2011 uprising, said the president acted “in accordance” with the constitution to “prevent imminent danger and to restore the normal functioning” of the state.
Saied’s power-grab sparked jubilant rallies late Sunday by thousands of his supporters who flooded the streets of Tunis, waving the national flag and sounding their car horns as fireworks lit up the sky.
But the shock move was criticised abroad.
Germany urged a rapid “return to constitutional order” while the foreign ministry in Turkey, where the government supports Ennahdha, called for “democratic legitimacy” to be restored.
Since Saied was elected in 2019, he has been locked in a showdown with Mechichi and Ghannouchi, who is also house speaker.

The rivalry has blocked ministerial appointments and diverted resources from tackling Tunisia’s many economic and social problems.
In the chaotic scenes outside parliament Monday, Ghannouchi admonished an army officer who was blocking access and who had declared the troops were “the protectors of the nation”.
Ghannouchi retorted that “the Tunisian people will never accept an authoritarian government, whatever your efforts”.
Saied said he would assume executive power “with the help” of a government whose new chief he would appoint himself.
The president also lifted parliamentary immunity for lawmakers.

[SIZE=6]Nine governments[/SIZE]
In the 10 years since Tunisia’s popular revolution toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia has had nine governments.
Some of them have lasted only a few months, hindering the reforms needed to revamp the country’s struggling economy and poor public services.
Sunday’s political drama began with mass protests against the government for its failures in tackling the pandemic.
“The people want the dissolution of parliament,” the crowd chanted outside parliament in Tunis. Protests were also reported in several other cities.
A senior Ennahdha official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, alleged that the protests and subsequent celebrations, had all been choreographed by the president.
After Saied’s announcement, one jubilant supporter, Nahla, brandished a Tunisian flag and hailed the president’s “courageous decisions”.
“This is the president we love!,” she said.
But one man, aged in his forties, watched on without enthusiasm and said: “These fools are celebrating the birth of a new dictator.”

The Arabs can slaughter each other wamalizane we don’t care

Obama started this with his series of coups known as the Arab spring. He called the coups , Change you can believe in.

To do this Obama had bribed the coup plotters in Tunisia with $500 million if they succeeded :

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/barack-obama-praises-tunisia-as-paragon-of-arab-spring-1.1314709

It seems the money is finished.

Obama said as he welcomed Jomaa to the Oval Office. “The good news is that in Tunisia, where it began, we have seen the kind of progress that I think all of us had been hoping for, although it’s been full of challenges.”

Obama in 2011 :

“We have the chance to show that America values the dignity of the street vendor in Tunisia more than the raw power of the dictator … America must use all our influence to encourage reform in the region … we need to speak honestly about the principles that we believe in, with friend and foe alike.”

Obama further declared that encouraging transitions to democracy was now a “top U.S. priority that must be translated into concrete actions and supported by all of the diplomatic, economic, and strategic tools at our disposal.” He announced a three-pronged strategy for the transitioning countries: standing up firmly for democratic values, helping troubled economies, and expanding engagement beyond Arab regimes to newly-emboldened citizens.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/05/21/remember-that-historic-arab-spring-speech/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll0cDAzmXAc

USA is global terrorist No. 1

[SIZE=7][COLOR=rgb(184, 49, 47)]keep off Arab affairs[/SIZE]

[SIZE=7][COLOR=rgb(184, 49, 47)]Fagia kwako [/SIZE]

Niaje @Bingwa Scrotum … Awaiting your analysis of the situation on the ground ya huko Tunisia as the official Arab of this Kijiji.

@Bingwa Scrotum wapi analysis bwana, wanakijiji hawajui nini inaendelea.

Mkushait peana kinaga ubaga what is happening is your shittier arab land.

The wicked Democrats fûcked up North Africa for good.