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Tunisian president dissolves municipal councils months earlier than elections

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Tunisian President Kais Saied on Thursday dissolved municipal councils months earlier than they have been as a consequence of be elected, additional dismantling the techniques of presidency developed after the 2011 revolution that introduced democracy.

The municipal councils will likely be changed by “particular delegations”, made up of civil servants and positioned below the supervision of the governor of every area.

In accordance a press release by Kais Saied on Wednesday, the brand new councils will likely be below new guidelines that he’ll write.

The mandates of the 350 mayors and municipal councillors at the moment in place are as a consequence of expire on the finish of April, and elections have been theoretically scheduled to observe.

Within the 2018 native elections, a 3rd of municipal councils got here below the management of Ennahda, an Islamist occasion that has been essentially the most vocal critic of Saied.

Elected municipal councils have been launched after the 2014 structure referred to as for decentralisation – a structure that Saied has changed with one he wrote himself and handed final yr in a referendum with low turnout.