Tunisia Issues Arrest Warrant for ex-president Moncef Marzouki

Tunisia Issues Arrest Warrant for ex-president Moncef Marzouki (News Central TV)

Authorities in Tunisia have ordered the arrest of foremost critic and ex-President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki.

President Kais Saied in October ordered the justice ministry to open an inquiry into 76-year-old Marzouki, days after the ex-leader urged France not to support Saied’s “dictatorial regime”.

No reason was given for Thursday’s warrant, and the prosecution was not immediately available for comment.

Marzouki became a vocal critic of Saied, who on July 25 sacked the government, suspended the legislature and seized control of the judiciary, later moving to rule by decree in the North African country.

Days later, Saied accused “traitors that seek refuge overseas” of threatening Tunisia’s sovereignty, ordered the enquiry against him and revoked his diplomatic passport.

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Saied insists that his “exceptional measures” are meant to “save” the country, critics accuse him of orchestrating a coup.

In September, authorities issued an arrest warrant for former presidential candidate Nabil Karoui and his brother, Ghazi, who were reportedly detained in neighbouring Algeria days earlier.

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