Tunisia: Key moments as political turmoil unfolds

There have been clashes outside parliament in Tunisia after President Kais Saeid suspended parliament overnight and sacked the prime minister.

The move – which the president says he did to “save the state” but critics liken to a coup – follows widespread frustration at the government’s handling of both the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s economic crisis.

The speaker of parliament, Rached Ghannouchi, was denied access to parliament and began a sit-in outside alongside supporters after troops sealed off the building.

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