Dismissed Tunisian PM Mechichi appears for first time in 11 days

Ex-prime minister Hichem Mechichi declaring his properties at the agency's headquarters

  
FILE IMAGE: Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and French Prime Minister Jean Castex (not pictured) attend a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia June 3, 2021.

FILE IMAGE: Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi and French Prime Minister Jean Castex (not pictured) attend a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia June 3, 2021.

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TUNIS- Tunisia's anti-corruption authority aired photographs dated on Thursday of ex-prime minister Hichem Mechichi declaring his properties at the agency's headquarters, his first public appearance since his July 25 dismissal by President Kais Saied.

Saied invoked a national emergency in taking executive control of the government and freezing parliament in a move that was welcomed by protesters disgruntled over years of disorder and stagnation but branded a coup by his political opponents.

The anti-corruption authority's photos of Mechichi, posted on its website, appeared to dispel unconfirmed reports that he was under house arrest.

(Reporting by Tarek Amara Editing by Mark Heinrich) ((tarek.amara@thomsonreuters.com;))


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