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Tunisia: country’s main union rejects foreign interference


AA / Tunis

The Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) on Saturday expressed its rejection of any “foreign interference” in the country’s internal affairs “under any pretext”.

This is what emerges from a press release published by the central trade union, and consulted by the correspondent of the Anadolu Agency.

The European Parliament announced Thursday in a statement published on its website that the political situation in Tunisia will be on the agenda of its plenary session scheduled for October 19, between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., after the exceptional measures decreed by President Kaïs Saïed and their repercussions on the democratic and political process in Tunisia.

“Any foreign interference constitutes an attack on national sovereignty and a consecration of a bygone colonialist tendency which seeks to teach failed lessons in democracy, while it has observed silence in the face of impoverishment, indebtedness and threats terrorists to which Tunisia was prey, under the regime of the ruling coalition which called upon foreign countries under the pretext of defending democracy, ”underlines the UGTT in its press release.

The trade union center pointed out to this end that “the situation in Tunisia is an internal affair which is settled peacefully between Tunisians and Tunisians, and any foreign interference is detrimental to the interests of Tunisia and exacerbates dissensions within it” .

The communiqué called on “the Western countries (without naming them) which exert pressure on Tunisia, to reconsider their policy towards it and to take into account their traditional relations with it, which are based on mutual respect, as well as on respect for the will of the people and their right to define their policy, to choose their leaders and to build balanced relations ”.

The UGTT also urged these countries to “support Tunisia by auditing its debts, rescheduling or reinvesting them”.

He also warned against the “prolongation of the state of emergency”, calling “to set close deadlines to put an end to it”.

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).

Tunisia had on October 11, a new government composed of 24 ministers and a Secretary of State, headed by Najla Bouden Romdhane, who was appointed to this post by Kaïs Saïed on September 29.

* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail

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