AA / Tunis
Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed said on Saturday that internal parties have asked foreign countries to intervene in his country’s affairs.
Saïed was speaking during his meeting at the Carthage Palace, with the person in charge of managing the Interior Ministry, Ridha Gharsallaoui, according to a video released by the Presidency of the Republic of Tunisia on his official Facebook page.
The head of state said that internal parties (without naming them) have asked foreign countries to “intervene in the affairs” of his country.
“This morning, one of the parties (without naming it) asked foreign countries and internal protagonists (without naming them) to intervene,” Saïed said.
And the tenant of Carthage added, “we are dealing with states, but we want them to respect us and we also deal with international institutions, but we want them to respect the will of our people and the sovereignty of the world. ‘State “.
Regarding the future government, the Tunisian president indicated that it “will be formed and announced shortly”.
Regarding the demonstration planned for Sunday by opponents of the emergency measures, Saïed said, “They announced that it would be the day of the greatest mobilization, but don’t they remember last week (in reference to a demonstration by his supporters) citizens who rallied the capital Tunis by their own individual means to demonstrate and not with the money distributed ”.
“Today, the money is distributed so that they can mobilize people for the demonstration they wish to organize”, continued the Tunisian president.
On Saturday morning, dozens of Workers’ Party supporters took part in a protest rally in the capital, to express their rejection of President Saïed’s emergency measures. The left wing calls for a “return to the democratic path”.
Calls to demonstrate on Sunday were launched by the Hirak “Citizens against the coup” to protest against the exceptional measures of Saïed.
The Hirak “Citizens against the coup” is a gathering made up of militants, activists and citizens who reject the exceptional measures of the Head of State, and had already organized two demonstrations in Tunis on 18 and 26 last September.
The Tunisian Presidency announced on September 29, in a press release, that Kaïs Saïed had tasked academic Najla Bouden with forming a new government, thus becoming the first woman in the history of Tunisia to hold 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, to legislate by presidential decrees according to the presidential decree n ° 2021-117 published in the Official Journal of the Republic of Tunisia (JORT ).
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).
Tunisia’s democratic transition process began after a popular revolution toppled the regime of then-president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1987-2011) in 2011.
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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