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Tunisia to withdraw diplomatic passport of former leader Marzouki

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TUNIS, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Tunisia’s president mentioned on Thursday he would withdraw the diplomatic passport of former president Moncef Marzouki, who had demanded that France finish its assist for the Tunisian authorities.

President Kais Saied unveiled a brand new authorities on Monday, however gave no indication that he was prepared to relinquish management after seizing a variety of powers in July.

“I will withdraw his diplomatic passport because he is among the enemies of Tunisia,” Saied mentioned, referring to Marzouki.

Last week, Marzouki, who was president from 2011 to 2014, referred to as on the French authorities “not to help the dictatorial regime in Tunisia”.

Saied on Thursday requested the justice minister to open an investigation into allegations that Marzouki had conspired in opposition to state safety.

Saied is beneath sturdy worldwide strain, particularly from Western powers, to announce a transparent street map for a return to constitutional politics.

He rejected Western involvement, saying it was a matter for Tunisians, including: “We will not allow anyone to interfere.”

Thousands protested in Tunis final week in opposition to Saied’s seizure of nearly whole energy, elevating fears of additional unrest.

His intervention adopted years of financial stagnation and political paralysis, but it surely has forged into doubt the democratic positive aspects made by Tunisians throughout a 2011 revolution that triggered the Arab Spring uprisings.

Reporting By Tarek Amara; Editing by Toby Chopra and Giles Elgood

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Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki submits his candidacy for the presidential election in Tunis, Tunisia August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

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