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Tunisia judges extend strike as President Saied won’t reverse sack of 57 judges

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Judges in Tunisia have extended their strike for a second week after President Kais Saied refused to reverse a decision to dismiss dozens of them.

President Saied announced the sack of 57 judges in April. Tunisian judges gave an official reaction to the sack when the body of juries, the Tunisian Judges Association, called the decision a “massacre”.

The sit-in is a protest against a purge of their ranks, amid growing tensions over the president’s attempts to consolidate one-man rule.

Before dissolving the Judicial Council, the body had acted as the main guarantor of Tunisia’s judicial independence since the 2011 revolution that introduced democracy and Saied’s changes prompted accusations he was interfering in the judicial process.

President Said sacked the government, suspended parliament, and seized a string of powers in July 2021. In December of the same year, he announced in a speech on national television a three-month “popular consultation” with the Tunisian people after which “draft constitutional and other reforms will be put forward to a referendum on July 25.”

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South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives Germany for G7 Summit

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South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Munich, Germany on Sunday for the G-7 summit.

According to the South African presidency, the country’s participation presents an opportunity to highlight the concerns of developing countries and to advocate for the continued global attention for equitable distribution of resources.

Outside South Africa, other invited non-member states participating in the G7 Summit are the Senegal, Argentina, India and Indonesia.

The Group of Seven (G7) is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, the European Union is a ‘non-enumerated member’.

South Africa will participate in two outreach sessions Monday. In the first one, issues of climate, energy and health will be discussed.

The 2nd session, the Summit will address advancing gender equality and food security issues. The World Food Program has urged the G7: ‘to act in order to avoid record hunger.

G7 members members are the world’s largest IMF advanced economies and wealthiest liberal democracies, the group is officially organized around shared values of pluralism and representative government.

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Tunisia’s Interior Ministry alleges threats to President Saied’s life

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The Tunisian Interior Ministry has alleged serious threats to the life of President Kais Saied as concerns over a mounting political crisis in the North African country grows.

The Ministry said the country’s intelligence apparatchick revealed that both internal and external elements were involved in plans targeting the president.

Ministry spokesperson Fadhila Khelifi said in a news conference that “the goal was to undermine Tunisian public security by eliminating the President.”

Though Khelifi did not give out names of the purported planners, he however assured that they would soon be rounded up and made to face trial.

President Saied has been having a running battle with the opposition in Tunisia with opponents accusing him of a coup for seizing most powers last summer to rule by decree and preparing a new constitution that he plans to put to a referendum next month.

This year alone, Saied has moved to consolidate his powers by dissolving the parliament, annuling the electoral commission and taking also taking the war to the judiciary by sacking 57 judges after accusing them of protecting Islamists.

Critics have also accused him of clamping down on the opponents with the arrest of leading opposition figures and a widespread crackdown on the opposition parties.

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