Tunisian authorities issue arrest warrant for Moncef Marzouki

Tunisia issues international arrest warrant against former president

A Tunisian court has issued an international arrest warrant against former President Moncef Marzouki, state news agency TAP reported on Thursday.

There were no details on the charges Marzouki faced, and the report said the arrest notice was issued by the communications office of the Tunis First Instance Court.

An investigation was launched against him on Oct. 15 for his statements on the International Francophonie Summit.

On France 24’s Arabic channel, he said he tried to prevent the summit from being held in Tunisia as he believed it would support “the coup” – seizure of near total power by President Kais Saied.

On July 25, Saied ousted the government, suspended parliament, and assumed executive authority. While he insists that his “exceptional measures” are meant to “save” the country, critics accuse him of orchestrating a coup.

A new Cabinet was unveiled last month, two weeks after Najla Bouden was appointed as the country’s first female prime minister.

Tunisia has been seen as the only country that succeeded in carrying out a democratic transition after the popular “Arab Spring” uprisings in 2011.

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