Tunisia crisis: Ennahda party leader Ghannouchi and a number of his deputies sit in front of the parliament building after being prevented from entering it

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Ghannouchi said he wanted to hold a challenge session for the president

The leader of the Islamist Ennahda Party in Tunisia, which is the largest party represented in parliament, and a number of party deputies began a sit-in on Monday in front of the Legislative Council building after the army prevented them from entering it.

Rashid Ghannouchi, who is also the Speaker of the Legislative Council, tried to reach Parliament at 3:00 am, according to local time, and hours after President Qais Saied suspended Parliament and dismissed Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashishi, in a move denounced by the Ennahda Party and described as a “military coup”. However, the Tunisian army prevented him and several deputies from entering the building.

Ghannouchi said he would call for a challenge session for Said, but the army stationed outside the building prevented him from entering.

Several hundred supporters of President Saied gathered in front of parliament on Monday, chanting slogans against the Ennahda movement and preventing party followers from reaching the building. According to Agence France-Presse that a state of congestion prevails in front of the parliament building and that the two sides threw stones and bottles at each other.

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