Tunisian president assumes powers to dismiss judges under new body, says decree

Tunisian president assumes powers to dismiss judges under new body, says decree
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13 February, 2022
Tunisia's president cemented his grip over the judiciary on Sunday with a decree that lets him dismiss judges or block their promotion, helping consolidate his power after he seized executive authority last year.
Saied has said his actions were needed to save Tunisia from a corrupt, self-serving elite that had allowed its economy and politics to stagnate for years [source: Getty]
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A new provisional judicial body created by Tunisia's president ruled on Sunday that he had the power to dismiss judges and remove their right to strike.

Last weekend, President Kais Saied dissolved the Supreme Judiciary Council that oversees judges, one of the last remaining institutions in the country able to work independently of him.

The new provisional body set up to replace the council issued a decree on Sunday saying Saied had the right to object to the promotion or nomination of judges, and was responsible for proposing judicial reforms. 

On July 25 last year, Said suspended parliament, dismissed the prime minister and said he would assume executive powers. Then in September, he took steps to rule by decree.

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