Tunisia: three deputies critical of President Kaïs Saïed arrested

Overview of the Tunisian Assembly in session on December 2, 2014 in Tunis (illustrative image).

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Since Sunday and the extraordinary measures taken by President Kaïs Saïed, the country has been waiting, in particular for a new Prime Minister.

Among the other measures taken, the freezing of the National Assembly as well as the lifting of the immunity of deputies.

And this week several arrests of deputies took place.


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With our special


in Tunis,

Charlotte Cosset

Two deputies of the Islamo-nationalist movement Al Karama, an ally of the



, have been arrested, the leader of their party announced on Sunday.

Maher Zid and Mohamed Affes are in pre-trial detention as part of a " 

military justice investigation

 ", the leader of this political formation explained on Facebook.

Earlier in the week, independent MP Yassine Ayari was also arrested. 

They all three have in common to have denounced the measures taken last Sunday by President


, which they consider to be a " 


 ". They also all have in common that they are prosecuted or have already been convicted in different cases. The first two in the so-called airport affair. Last March, they intervened to support a woman with a file S - “suspected of terrorism” - and therefore banned from traveling. The third has been prosecuted on several occasions, notably for " 

defamation and contempt of the military institution


Human Rights Watch this week exposed its fears that "

 President Saïed risks using his extraordinary powers against his opponents



 The presidency is reassuring.

Kaïs Saïed said on Friday that there is " 

no fear

 " to be had

regarding freedoms and rights in Tunisia



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