Tunisian President sacks 57 judges accused of corruption

Tunisian President sacks 57 judges accused of corruption
Tunisia's President Kais Saied sacked 57 judges on Wednesday, further consolidating his power [File: Johanna Geron, Pool Photo via AP Photo]

Tunisian President Kais Saied has sacked 57 judges, accusing them of corruption and protecting terrorists.

In a television address, he said he had given the judiciary multiple opportunities and warnings to “purify” itself.

Among the sackings announced in the government’s official gazette was Youssef Bouzaker, the former head of the Supreme Judicial Council.

Another prominent casualty of the purge was Bachir Akremi. Some political activists say the judge is too close to the Ennahda party and accuse him of stopping cases against it. Ennahda and Akremi both deny the allegations.

President Saied replaced the council earlier this year – part of his efforts to consolidate his position after he seized power last July.

He has already dismissed Tunisia’s elected parliament and set aside the constitution.

Mr Saied has promised a referendum on a new constitution next month.

Opposition parties and the main trade union umbrella are boycotting the move.

The UGTT said this week that public sector workers would go on strike on June 16, posing the biggest direct challenge to Saied’s power grab so far.

Source: BBC & ALJAZEERA

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