“We’re like North Korea now,” a Tunisian friend told me recently, half-joking and half-serious. “Kim Jong-un is the only other one in the world who controls all three branches of government.”
Earlier that same day, Tunisian President Kais Saied issued a decree replacing the Supreme Judicial Council and giving him the authority to fire judges. Saied assumed all legislative powers in his decree, which gave an official veneer to a July power grab in which he suspended parliament and fired the prime minister.
The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill.
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