In a heavy-caliber surprise confirming the support of the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, for the coup in Tunisia, informed sources revealed that the US ambassador to Tunisia, Qais Saeed, demanded the expulsion of Emirati and Egyptian officers who oversaw the coup.
Informed sources, which were quoted by Arabi21 and described as special, confirmed that the US ambassador to Tunisia, Donald Bloom, asked President Qais Saeed to leave the Egyptian and Emirati intelligence officers present in Tunisia, saying that the latter accompanied the coup.
The sources also indicated that the officers had come to Tunisia under the pretext of providing aid to combat the Corona pandemic about two weeks ago, and they have not left it until now.
Qais Said coup
Last Sunday evening, Tunisian President Kais Saied issued a decision relieving Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashishi from his post, freezing Parliament for a period of 30 days, and lifting the immunity of all its members.
Most of the parliamentary blocs in Tunisia opposed these decisions, and the parliament, headed by “Rached Ghannouchi”, leader of the “Ennahda” movement, strongly condemned in a later statement, “Saeed’s” decisions, and announced its rejection of them.
Hisham Al-Mashishi was physically assaulted before his dismissal
Tunisian sources close to the outgoing Prime Minister, Hicham Al-Mashishi, revealed that he was physically assaulted in the presidential palace before he agreed to resign from his position. According to the British “Middle East Eye” website.
The British website said that it was not possible to verify the nature of the injuries suffered by Al-Mashish, because he has not appeared in public until the moment since his dismissal by a decision of President Qais Saeed.
The report stated that the 47-year-old’s injuries were “significant”, and one of the sources said that the man was hit in the face, and therefore did not appear in public.
Qais Saeed summoned Hisham al-Mashishi to the presidential palace
Al-Mashishi was summoned to the presidential palace on Sunday, where President Kais Saied dismissed him from his post and announced the suspension of parliament and his assumption of executive power after a day of tense anti-government protests.
Several Egyptian military and security officials were sent to Tunisia with the full support of Mohammed bin Zayed (the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi). According to the British website.
The security chiefs who escorted him to the palace reportedly had nothing to do with the plan, but the military knew about it.
Al-Mashishi has repeatedly rejected demands from the presidential palace to resign after disagreements over the appointment of four ministers.
Rached Ghannouchi, parliament speaker and leader of the Ennahda movement, avoided the recall scenario because he had just been released from hospital, where he was being treated for Covid-19 disease.
Egyptian officers were in the palace at the time of the attack on Al-Meshishi
Middle East Eye revealed that a group of Egyptian officers were in the palace at the moment of the attack on Al-Mashishi.
Eyewitnesses revealed that Al-Mashishi raised his hands after the beating, agreed to resign, and later returned to his home, later denying that he was under house arrest.
According to the report, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi offered all the support that Tunisian President Said needed to carry out the “coup.”
Reportedly, the US administration was not satisfied with what Said was doing, but was reluctant to call the chain of events in the country a coup.
The sources confirmed that the Algerian President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, informed Saeed and many politicians that Algeria would not accept Tunisia falling under the Egyptian political and military influence.
months in the making
Sunday’s moves closely follow a plan of action outlined by Saeed’s close advisers in May and published by Middle East Eye at the time.
The plan specified a purge or a wave of mass arrests that would take place after the announcement of what was referred to as the “constitutional coup.”
The document said that Saeed would declare a “constitutional dictatorship”, which the document’s authors say is a tool to “concentrate all powers in the hands of the President of the Republic.”
It then set goals to purge political opponents.
The document said key Prime Time Zone would be placed under house arrest. From the Ennahda movement .. Noureddine El-Beheiry, Rafiq Abdel Salam, Karim Harouni, Sayed Al-Ferjani, deputies of the Karama bloc, Ghazi Al-Qarawi, Sufian Tobal, businessmen, consultants. In the Prime Minister’s Court, etc. ”
The presidency had initially denied the existence of the document, before Saeed himself admitted that he had read it. Then he claimed in televised statements that he could not be held responsible for the advice he received.
However, presidential sources told MEE that Saeed had instructed his officials to make a list of the targets of Prime Time Zone who could be arrested.
To pave the way for this, Said assumed control of both the civilian and military judiciary and declared himself a public prosecutor.
In a decree issued late on Tuesday evening, Said dismissed Brigadier General, Judge Tawfiq Al-Ayouni, who presided over the military courts.
The President also dismissed a number of senior government officials, including the Secretary-General of the Government, the Director of the Prime Minister’s Office, and a number of advisors.
However, these moves face institutional resistance, as the Supreme Judicial Council rejected Said’s decision to install himself as an effective senior legal officer in the government.
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