Rached Ghannouchi, leader of Tunisia's biggest and most organised political party Ennahda, arrived for questioning by an investigating judge at an anti-terror centre as his supporters rallied outside the courthouse in the capital Tunis.
The future of Ennahda will depend not on its ideology, but its organisational transformation, political choices, and the political system’s new arrangements.
"The wrong political choices of the leadership of the Ennahda movement led to its isolation and failure," 113 senior officials from the party said in a joint statement.
President Kais Saied issues orders that strengthen powers of his office at the expense of government and allow him to legislate by decree, prompting immediate opposition from political rivals.
The real target for the UAE and its media is Tunisia's democratic path, and the liberties Tunisian citizens have gained in the past few years.
Tunisia's judiciary says it is investigating the two biggest parties in parliament, Ennahda and Heart of Tunisia, which have both accused President Saied of launching a coup.
Country's biggest political party, Ennahda, orders its supporters not to resume a sit-in outside parliament, in a reversal of an earlier call by its leader Rached Ghannouchi to take to the streets.
President Saied announced a series of other measures after he sacked PM Hichem Mechichi and suspended parliament, including a nationwide curfew for one month and a ban on gatherings of more than three people in public places.
Tunisia found itself in the biggest political turmoil since 2011 as the President ousted the government. Some fear gains of the revolution are at stake.
Supporters of president as well as those of major political party Ennahda mobilise on streets across Tunisia, leading to violent confrontations threatening to draw in security forces or prompt a military power grab.
Ennahda, the biggest party in Tunisia’s parliament, was quick to denounce President Saied’s ousting of the government as a “coup”, along with two of the other main parties in parliament, Heart of Tunisia and Karama.
Head of Ennahda parliamentary grouping, Noureddine al Beheiri, says the Gulf autocracy is working to destroy the North African state’s democratic system by supporting a campaign against Rached Ghannouchi.
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