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Kaïs Saïed: “the freedoms and principles of human rights will be respected”

AA / Tunis

Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed assured, Thursday, in a message addressed to Tunisians and to the international community, his attachment to the provisions of the Constitution, the supremacy of the law, freedoms and the principles of human rights.

This is what emerges from a speech made by Saïed at the palace of Carthage, during the swearing-in ceremony of Ridha Gharsallaoui, appointed by presidential decree to head the Ministry of the Interior, according to video footage released by the Presidency of the Republic on its official Facebook page.

Addressing Ridha Gharsallaoui, Saïed said, “Contrary to what some have said about a violation of the Constitution, article 80 has been applied, and you have taken the oath in accordance with article 89”. “May all Tunisians be reassured, we are attached to the supremacy of the law and its application,” said the Tunisian head of state.

And the tenant of Carthage added, “No one has been jailed or deprived of their rights. No arrests have been made and no violation of the law has been recorded by the authorities,” he said. “The law is applied to everyone in the same way,” reported the (official) Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency.

“You are required to ensure the sustainability of the State in this delicate phase of the history of Tunisia” launched President Kaïs Saïed to the address of Gharsallaoui. “And let it be said: the state is not a puppet whose strings are pulled behind a curtain,” he added.

“There is no question of dividing the state or undermining it from within. Let’s stop abusing the country,” TAP reported, citing Saïed.

The Tunisian President explained that he was “in the obligation to take exceptional measures to preserve rights and freedoms and to guarantee the sustainability of the State”.

Saïd on Monday issued a presidential decree dismissing the head of government Hichem Mechichi, the Minister of Defense, Ibrahim Bartégi and Hasna Ben Slimane, government spokesman and interim Minister of Justice.

Kaïs Saïed, had announced, on Sunday evening, during an emergency meeting with senior military and security officials, the dismissal of Head of Government Hichem Mechichi and the freezing of the powers of Parliament. He also announced that he will assume executive power, with the help of a government that will be led by a new chief appointed by him, for a period of 30 days. The tenant of Carthage has also announced that he will chair the public prosecution, as well as the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of all deputies.

The Head of State declared that he had taken these decisions to “save Tunisia, the State and the Tunisian people” and that the resulting exceptional measures are temporary. Some political parties saw the said measures as a “coup d’etat against the Constitution”, while others were in favor, considering that it was a “rectification of the revolutionary process”.

It should be noted that Ridha Gharsallaoui was assigned in 1996 to the General Directorate of Security of the Head of State and Official Personalities, where he took up his post as 1st Class Commissioner General of Police.

Throughout his career, he has held many positions, including that of Director General of Presidential Security, and has followed several trainings and internships in Tunisia and abroad, as part of his specialty namely; intelligence, the fight against terrorism and logistical support.

* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni

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