Tunisian justice has opened an investigation into three political parties, including Ennahda and Heart of Tunisia, suspected of having received foreign funds during the 2019 election campaign, a judicial source said. Reuters.
The investigation was opened on July 14, before President Kais Saied used emergency powers to sack the prime minister and freeze parliament, a move both parties called a coup.
Although the investigation does not appear to be linked to Saied’s actions, and that the Tunisian justice ruled on Monday to insist on its independence, it is putting more pressure on the main opponents of the president.
Moderate Islamist Ennahda and media mogul Nabil Karoui’s Heart of Tunisia are the two largest parties in the deeply fragmented parliament elected in September 2019. The other party under investigation is smaller Ayich Tounes.
Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi, the speaker of parliament, and Karoui, were opponents of Saied in a separate presidential election that took place in two rounds in September and October 2019.
Karoui, who owns a large private television channel, is also the subject of a lengthy investigation into other charges of financial offenses that led to his pre-trial detention for much of the 2019 election campaign and again. This year.
Saied – an independent – campaigned in 2019 as a fresh start against what he described as a corrupt and stagnant political elite, focused on their own narrow interests and responsible for the decline in Tunisia’s standard of living after the 2011 revolution .
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