US says Tunisia ‘undermining democratic institutions’

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Washington on Thursday accused Tunisia’s President Kais Saied of undermining the country’s democratic institutions after he fired dozens of judges amid a raft of measures that appeared designed to consolidate one-man rule. Saied, who has also replaced the independent electoral commission and said he will introduce a new constitution this month, accused the judges of corruption and protecting terrorists in a televised address on Wednesday. US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the purge was part of “an alarming pattern of steps that have undermined Tunisia’s independent democratic ins…

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