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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Tunisian oppn for alliance against president

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A veteran Tunisian opposition figure announced the creation of a new alliance to "save" the country from deep crisis following President Kais Saied's power last year. Ahmed Nejib Chebbi (pictured), 78, a prominent left-wing politician who opposed Zine el Abidine Ben Ali's rule, said the new National Salvation Front aimed to unite political forces, re-establish constitutional and democratic processes and guarantee freedoms and rights in the country.


"We want a return to legitimacy and democracy," he told a news conference in the capital Tunisia. Saied -- a former law professor elected in 2019 amid public anger against the political class -- on July 25 last year sacked the government, suspended parliament and seized wide-ranging powers. He later gave himself powers to rule and legislate by decree and seized control over the judiciary. - AFP


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