Tunisia's President Kais Saied on Monday denied he was planning a coup and defended his decision to dismiss the prime minister and freeze parliament.
The president dismissed the prime minister on Sunday and said he would assume the country's executive authority. He claimed he acted to to fight the "hypocrisy, treachery and robbery" of the political class.
The head of Tunisia's largest parliamentary party, Rached Ghannouchi, held a sit-in protest outside the parliament building on Monday after the army barred him from entering.
The political escalation followed a weekend during which thousands of Tunisians took to the streets in anti-government protests that turned violent.
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