Tunisia’s biggest political party, Ennahda, has called for dialogue, following President Kais Saeid’s sacking of the prime minister and suspension of parliament on Sunday.

The party has also told its supporters not to take part in demonstrations.

Ennahda officials say they don’t want to escalate the situation.

Earlier, the party accused President Saeid of staging a coup. He insists he has acted within his rights at a time of crisis.

Saied, an independent, had had a long-standing feud with the man he has removed, Hichem Mechichi. Mechichi has the backing of the Ennahda.

There’ve been many months of political tension, and much popular discontent with the government’s handling of the pandemic and the economy.

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