Tunisia denies arrest of ex-Prime Minister Jebali

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The Tunisian government has denied that the former prime minister, Hamadi Jebali, has been arrested.

On Thursday, a post on his Facebook page said Jebali had been detained by the security forces. The Islamist Ennahda party also demanded his release.

But the interior ministry now says it’s investigating a factory on land owned by the former leader’s wife – and that he’d insisted on accompanying her to a police station.

Critics accuse Tunisia’s president, Kais Saied, of trying to stifle dissent.

Last year he dissolved parliament and took executive powers.

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