TUNIS, Tunisia (AA) – Tunisian authorities have frozen the financial assets of the head of Ennahda, Rached Ghannouchi.
Ghannouchi heads the Tunisian opposition and also served as the speaker of the dissolved Parliament. Nine other people have also been included in the list of those whose assets have been frozen.
In a statement, the Financial Analysis Committee of Tunisia’s Central Bank said the move was taken upon a request from an “anti-terrorism” judge.
The list of people includes Ghannouchi’s son Moadh, former Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and former Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem.
No details were provided about the case and there was no comment from Ghannouchi or other people on the decision.
Tunisia has been caught up in a deep political crisis that has aggravated the country’s economic conditions since President Kais Saied ousted the government, suspended parliament and assumed executive authority in July 2021. He later dissolved the assembly after lawmakers held a session to revoke his measures.
While Saied insists that his measures were meant to “save” the country, critics have accused him of orchestrating a coup and derailing the democratic process.