Anti-torture group tells Tunisia’s Saied: stop ‘arbitrary’ policies

Tunis: The World Organisation Against Torture on Friday urged Tunisia’s President Kais Saied — who suspended the country’s parliamentary democracy in a recent power-grab — to end “arbitrary practises” and restrictions on freedom.

Saied won the presidency in a 2019 election, and on July 25 invoked the constitution to fire the prime minister, suspend parliament and assume all executive powers.

His move came amid chronic legislative infighting that had crippled governance.

It has been followed by detentions, travel bans and house arrests of politicians, businessmen and judicial officials, all under the guise of an anti-corruption drive. – AFP