Tunisian president fires premier after violent protests

Protesters erupted with celebration in the streets of Tunis after the late-night announcement.

President Kais Saied also lifted the immunity of all parliament members and said he would name a new prime minister in the coming hours to bring calm to the country. He used a special constitutional measure allowing him to assume executive power and freeze parliament for an unspecified period of time until normal institutional workings can be restored.

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Tunisian police officers detain a protester during a demonstration in Tunis, Tunisia, 星期日, 七月 25, 2021. Violent demonstrations broke out on Sunday in several Tunisian cities as protesters expressed anger at the deterioration of the country's health, economic and social situation. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Tunisian police officers detain a protester during a demonstration in Tunis, Tunisia, 星期日, 七月 25, 2021. Violent demonstrations broke out on Sunday in several Tunisian cities as protesters expressed anger at the deterioration of the country’s health, economic and social situation. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

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