AA / Cairo
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi assured his Tunisian counterpart, Kaïs Saïed, of Cairo’s support for measures aimed at preserving stability in Tunisia.
This is what emerges from the telephone interview between Al-Sisi and Saïed, on the occasion of the formation of the new government, according to a press release from the Egyptian Presidency.
The statement underlines that Al-Sisi “congratulated the Tunisian president on the formation of the new government and his taking of the oath”.
Al-Sisi expressed Egypt’s support for all measures capable of preserving stability in Tunisia.
For his part, Saïed expressed his desire “to strengthen bilateral cooperation”, emphasizing “the efforts made by Egypt to support Tunisia”.
The Tunisian Head of State spoke of “Egypt’s vital role in strengthening joint Arab and African action mechanisms, in the face of current regional challenges”.
By way of a statement, the Tunisian Presidency indicated that Saïed expressed to Al-Sisi “Tunisia’s gratitude to Egypt, leadership and people, for the noble solidarity support provided during the health crisis, caused by the Covid- 19 ”.
The statement from the Tunisian Presidency indicates that the two parties underlined their “determination to continue to work together to further consolidate the historical bonds of brotherhood which unite the two brotherly countries and peoples”.
The new head of the Tunisian government, Najla Bouden Romdhane, and members of her cabinet were sworn in on Monday before the President of the Republic Kaïs Saïed, during a solemn ceremony held at the Palace of Carthage.
The new Tunisian government consists of 24 ministers and a secretary of state, including 9 women.
The Tunisian Presidency had announced on September 29, in a press release, that Kaïs Saïed had instructed the academic Najla Bouden Romdhane to form a new government, thus becoming the first woman in the history of Tunisia to occupy this post.
Tunisia has been in the throes of a serious political crisis since Kaïs Saïed decided on July 25 to dismiss Head of Government Hichem Mechichi, freeze the powers of Parliament for a period of 30 days, and lift the immunity of deputies, in the framework of exceptional measures. The head of state had also announced that he was assuming executive power with the help of a government of which he will appoint the head.
The tenant of Carthage had decided on September 22 to abolish the provisional body for the control of the constitutionality of bills, and to legislate by presidential decrees.
The majority of parties rejected Saïed’s decisions, extended sine die on August 24. Some parties have qualified these decisions as a “coup d’état against the Constitution”, while other political parties have been in favor, considering that it is a “restoration of the revolutionary process”, against a backdrop of crises. political, economic, and health (Covid-19).
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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