Judges in Tunisia are to strike for a week and stage sit-in protests against the president’s firing of dozens of their colleagues. President Kais Saied dismissed 57 judges this week after accusing them of corruption and protecting terrorists, in his latest step to consolidate his grip on power. In February he dissolved the Supreme Judicial Council which regulated judicial independence. He had previously suspended parliament and sacked the government. President Saied plans to hold a referendum next month on a replacement constitution, a move opposed by most of Tunisia’s political parties.