Tunisia’s leader reappears to deny ill health claims

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President of Tunisia, Kais Saied, has used his first public appearance in nearly two weeks to criticise opponents who were questioning the state of his health.

The president described speculation that he was ill as “utterly crazy” and accused the opposition of trying to create a crisis,as he has posted in a video online.

Coughing occasionally during the address, he said that a power vacuum was not created if he caught a cold.

President Saied has ruled by decree since seizing power in 2021 and last year forced through a law giving his office unlimited powers.


BBC/Jide Johnson.

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