WorldHead of Tunisian diplomacy: "We are attached to our democratic path"

Head of Tunisian diplomacy: “We are attached to our democratic path”


AA / Tunis

Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi on Wednesday expressed his country’s attachment to its “democratic path and the establishment of the foundations of a rule of law and institutions”.

Jerandi was speaking during his meeting with US Under Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert in the capital Tunis, according to a statement from the Tunisian Foreign Ministry.

“The formation of the new government is the first important step on the way to the satisfaction of the demands of the Tunisian people by President Kaïs Saïed, as for the restoration of the democratic process”, declared the head of the Tunisian diplomacy.

And Jerandi added that “the Head of State will announce other measures to reassure Tunisia’s partners”, urging friendly countries to “continue their support for Tunisia until the completion of this restoration process”.

For her part, the American official underlined “the importance and the solidity of Tunisian-American relations”, according to the same source.

Lempert, expressed Washington’s willingness to “continue to provide support to Tunisia to face the various challenges and help it move forward in its development programs and structural reforms.”

The American Congress estimated Thursday that “the state of democracy in Tunisia” is “threatened and in danger”, while the European Parliament should vote, Thursday, October 21, a resolution relating to the political situation in Tunisia.

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, 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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