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The president of Tunisia Kais Saied has sacked his prime minister and suspended parliament, following nationwide protests against the government's mishandling of the coronavirus crisis. Mr. Saied said the measures were aimed at saving the state. Sebastian Usher reports. Present Saied was already at odds with the government and has taken the opportunity to remove the prime minister and to suspend parliament. He said that he'll take over executive power. Rached Ghannouchi, the head of the Islamist Ennahda Party, which is the biggest in parliament, has denounced the move as a coup. Hailed as the one at least partial success of the Arab Spring, Tunisia has, however, never been able to establish lasting effective governments, nor resolve the deep rooted problems of unemployment and crumbling state infrastructure that fueled the uprising in 2011.
The head of the U.S. Central Command General Kenneth Mackenzie has said in Kabul that the U.S. will continue air strikes in support of Afghan troops if the Taliban continue their offensive. But he did not disclose if they would go on beyond August 31st, the end of the U.S. military mission. He said that the Taliban should not see their victory as inevitable, while warning the Afghan government it faced hard times.
The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has appointed a Republican critic of the former President Donald Trump to a special committee investigating the Capitol riot on 6 January. Adam Kinzinger accepted the appointment despite his party's boycott of the inquiry. Peter Bowes is in Los Angeles. Adam Kinzinger was one of 10 House Republicans who voted with Democrats to impeach Donald Trump earlier this year on the charge of inciting an insurrection of the Capitol. He'll join fellow Republican Liz Cheney on the panel. She's another outspoken critic of the former president. Mr. Kinzinger said he would work diligently to ensure the committee gets to the truth and holds those responsible for the attack to account. The Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said Speaker Pelosi had destroyed the committee's credibility.
The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is easing some COVID restrictions, saying the country has largely passed the peak of the third wave of coronavirus infections. He's lifting a weekday ban on alcohol sales and is allowing movement between provinces. Mr. Ramaphosa said the caseload reduction was due to the vaccination program. "We are now administering more than 240,000 vaccines every weekday. A month ago, this figure stood at around 100,000 vaccines per weekday. As a result, we have now administered more than 6.3 million vaccines with over 10% of our population having received a vaccine dose."
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