Tunisians once again took to the streets of the Tunisian capital on Sunday to protest what they called the coup by President Kais Saied

Iran PressAfrica:  Thousands of Tunisians opposing President Kais Saied’s seizure of almost total power have protested in the capital with a very heavy police presence trying to stop them advancing along the central Habib Bourguiba Avenue.

A week after thousands demonstrated in support of Saied, the growing number of protesters on each side raises the possibility of Tunisia’s political divisions spiraling into street confrontations between the two camps.

On July 25, Saied ousted the government, suspended parliament, and assumed executive authority. While he insists that his exceptional measures are meant to "save" the country, his critics accuse him of orchestrating a coup.

“No to the coup against state institutions", “No to retracting from legitimacy” and “The power belongs to the people" were among banners waved by the demonstrators during Saturday’s protest.

Tunisia has had a mixed parliamentary and presidential political system since the 2011 revolution, and this has exacerbated differences between the two pyramids of power over legal powers. 219

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