After violent protests erupted across the country, Tunisia's president fired the prime minister and suspended parliament
Thousands of protesters flooded the streets on Sunday, angry at the government's handling of Covid-19. They clashed with police. President Kais Saied stated his intention to assume command with the assistance of a new prime minister, pledging to restore tranquilly to the country. Opponents, though, called his effort a coup.
Protesters erupted in cheers late Sunday night after learning that Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi had been fired. President Saied joined the crowds in Tunis, Tunisia's capital. Thousands of protesters marched against the ruling party in Tunis and other cities, chanting "Get out!" and demanding the dissolution of parliament.
Protesters broke into the offices of the ruling Ennahdha party in Touzeur, shattering computers and setting fire to the party's local headquarters. The party condemned the attack, blaming it on "criminal groups" attempting to "sow unrest and destruction."