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Tunisia political upheaval

Tunisian President Kais Saied has hit back at his critics over the sacking of the country’s prime minister and the suspension of parliament, saying his actions were according to the constitution. Saied called on Tunisians to remain calm and not to respond to any provocations asking them to take to the streets. He has ordered a night curfew until late August. The president also sacked the defense minister, a day after ousting the premier and suspending parliament. Meanwhile, dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi has promised to hand over power to the one the president chooses as his replacement, saying he doesn’t want to be a disruptive element. President Saied’s sacking of the country’s top officials prompted street clashes outside the army-barricaded parliament and plunged the country into a political crisis.

US Iraq troop pullout

US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi have reached an agreement on formally ending the presence of American combat forces in the Arab country by the end of 2021. The announcement was made during the first face-to-face meeting between Biden and Kadhimi at the White House as part of a strategic dialogue between the two leaders. Biden said however that the US counter-terrorism operation will continue even after shifting to a new phase. Iraqi resistance groups however have time and again stressed that all American troops must leave the country. The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 over allegation of possessing of weapons of mass destruction by then Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein, but such weapons were never found. Washington redeployed its troops to the Arab country years later under the pretext of fighting the Daesh terror group.

Hungary protest

Hundreds of Hungarians have rallied in the capital Budapest against the government’s alleged use of Israeli-made Pegasus spyware. The protesters marched to the headquarters of the ruling Fidesz party with some chanting slogans against Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Protests erupted after a Hungarian media outlet said the government has used the Israeli spyware to keep under surveillance journalists, businessmen, lawyers, and anti-government critics. However, the government maintains it has carried out intelligence-gathering operations lawfully. The Pegasus spyware was reportedly used to target journalists and activists across dozens of countries, as well as prominent heads of state, including the presidents of France and Iraq and the king of Morocco.

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