TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Tunisian President Kais Saied said on Thursday that he had decided to withdraw the diplomatic passport of his predecessor Moncef Marzouki.
Tunisian media have suggested that Saied was upset by Marzouki’s demands that France end its support for the Tunisian government. The passport decision was made public in a statement.
“Some have gone abroad to undermine Tunisia’s interests,” Saied said, referring to Marzouki who served as president from 2011 to 2014.
A few days ago, Marzouki took part in a demonstration in Paris, during which he had urged French decision-makers “not to endorse a totalitarian system”.
In July, Saied sacked the Tunisian prime minister, suspended parliament and seized executive power, saying it was because of a national emergency. Its critics have called it a coup.
Last month, Saied issued presidential decrees strengthening the already near-total powers he had bestowed upon himself.