Former Tunisian politician in stable condition, continues hunger strike

Noureddine Bhiri, leader of the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party, is seen in his office in Tunisia's capital Tunis on September 23, 2021. (Fethi Belaid, AFP)
Noureddine Bhiri, leader of the Ennahdha party, is seen in his office in Tunisia’s capital Tunis on September 23, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

A Tunisian ex-justice minister who launched a hunger strike after his arrest a week ago is “stable” in a hospital, a doctor said Friday.

Police arrested Ennahadha Party leader, Noureddine Bhiri on December 31.  He’s been accused of possible “terrorism” offenses.

He suffers from several pre-existing health conditions, including diabetes and hypertension, and has been hospitalized since Sunday.

“He is in a stable condition”, Habib Bougatfa, head of the intensive care unit at the Bizerte hospital north of the capital Tunis, told AFP.

Bhiri is on a hunger strike but has “agreed” to undergo treatment for his hypertension, he added.

Ennahdha played a central role in Tunisian politics until a power grab by President Kais Saied in July last year.

Saied sacked the Ennahdha-supported government, suspended parliament  and later took steps to rule by decree.