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Tunisian president says he will not become a dictator after MP arrest

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By Tarek Amara and Angus McDowall TUNIS (Reuters) -Tunisia’s president promised on Friday he would not turn into a dictator and rejected accusations he had staged a coup, after the arrest of a member of parliament. Tunisia has been thrust into a political crisis by President Kais Saied’s move on Sunday to dismiss the prime minister and freeze parliament for 30 days, leading major parties to accuse him of a coup. Saied has yet to carry out steps that critics say are needed to reassure Tunisians, including the appointment of an interim prime minister and a roadmap to end the emergency measures. …

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