Saida Akremi, wife of the former vice-chairman of the Ennahda party Noureddine Bhiri, has launched a hunger strike to protest his continued detention.
The wife of a senior Tunisian politician has announced that she will join her husband on an ongoing hunger strike.
Saida Akremi, whose husband Noureddine Bhiri is the vice chairman of the Ennahda Party, launched her hungry strike on Thursday in protest of his continued detention.
Akremi also said that the hospital guards to whom her husband was transferred refused to provide her with food.
“I started a hunger strike by protesting my husband’s continued imprisonment and refusing food for me,” Akremi said.
Billi, 63, was transferred to Habibu Bugatofa Hospital in a city in the north of Bizerte after a hunger strike deteriorating her health.
Akremi said he tried to persuade her husband to end the hunger strike, but refused.
On Wednesday, Bhiri doctor Hatem Ghadoun warned that his condition was serious in the light of his high blood pressure and diabetes in addition to heart problems.
Accusation of terrorism
Bhiri, a former Tunisia minister of justice, has refused food and medicine since last week and urged him to be transferred to a hospital two days later.
On Monday, Interior Minister Taoufik Charfeddine accused Bhiri of being involved in terrorism-related activities.
He was accused of issuing fake ID to a Syrian couple while serving as Minister of Justice.
One of the individuals was previously involved in a terrorist attack committed outside Tunisia’s territory.
The Ennahda party, the largest party in the currently suspended Tunisian parliament, has accused Bhiri of being “politicized” and blamed President Kais Saied and Charfeddine for his well-being and called for his immediate release. ..
He expelled the government on July 25, last year, suspended parliament, and took over administrative power.
He claims that his “exceptional measures” are intended to “save” the country, but critics have accused him of organizing a coup.
Ennahda played a central role in Tunisian politics. Power gained by President Kais Saied last year.
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