Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- Tunisian President Kays Said said he had frozen all powers of parliament and suspended the immunity of lawmakers "due to the extraordinary circumstances the country is in," adding that he had sacked current Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashhad and would take over the executive with a prime minister of his own appointment.
Rashid al-Gannushi, Tunisia's parliament speaker and leader of the Nahda Movement, the largest party in the country, accused President Kays Said of plotting a coup, sacking the prime minister, and freezing parliament's powers.
"We call on the president to reverse these decisions because these decisions plunge the people into darkness," Gannushi said in a statement, noting that the president's decisions have no legal basis and are a coup.
President Said said in a video message that he had frozen all powers of parliament, suspended the immunity of lawmakers, sacked current Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashish, and would take over the executive with a prime minister of his own appointment, citing "the extraordinary circumstances through which the country passes."
Said said that a circular will be issued after the decisions are taken and that the decisions will take effect immediately, and that the necessary decisions will continue to be announced in the form of circulars.