Tunisia has issued an international arrest notice against former President Moncef Marzouki, state news agency TAP reported on Thursday, a month after calling on France to end support for the current administration.
There were no details of the charges against Marzouki, but current President Kais Saied last month ordered an investigation into what he called allegations that Marzouki conspired against state security. .
Saied has faced mounting criticism abroad since assuming executive power in July, then sidelined most of the constitution to seize near total power in moves Marzouki and others critics have called it a coup.
Saied unveiled a new government in October and pledged a national “dialogue”, but has yet to develop a detailed plan to restore normal constitutional order as donors demand.
#Tunisia: an international arrest notice has been issued against the former President of the Republic Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, by the investigating judge in charge of his case, said Thursday the communication office of the court of first instance of # Tunis. #TAP_Fr pic.twitter.com/0LZCvfSBW8
– TAP News Agency (@TapNewsAgency) November 4, 2021 Marzouki told Al Jazeera TV he was not surprised by the arrest warrant and called it a “threat message to all Tunisians”.
Marzouki, who has been based in France in recent weeks, was president from 2011 to 2014. France is the former colonial power in Tunisia and still has considerable influence.
TAP said the notice of arrest was issued by the investigating judge in charge of the Marzouki case, citing the communications office of the Tunis Court of First Instance.
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