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Tunisia: MFA condemns calls for “interference” by foreign parties in its affairs


AA / Tunisia / Yemna Selmi

The Tunisian foreign ministry on Sunday condemned what it called an “invitation” launched by Tunisian parties and political figures to “foreign parties” to interfere in the country’s internal affairs.

This is what emerges from a press release from the ministry, in which he did not name these foreign parties or those behind these calls, contenting himself with specifying that they were issued by “personalities and political parties. . “

“Tunisia condemns (…) the declarations and actions carried out by certain Tunisian parties and political figures calling on foreign parties (not named) to interfere in internal affairs,” the statement read.

The Foreign Ministry estimated that this appeal aims to “incite against Tunisia, to disrupt the process of correcting the democratic experience, to damage the reputation of our country and to blur its relations with foreign countries.”

The press release expressed the astonishment aroused by “the fact that such declarations are made by personalities who have exercised high functions within the State and who should have shown reserve and responsibility.”

On Saturday, the Syndicat du corps diplomatique tunisien (which represents officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) accused former Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki (2012-2014) of having incited the authorities of foreign states to take punitive measures. against his country. Marzouki disputed this information qualifying it as “lies”.

Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed, for his part, said on Saturday that parts of the interior had asked foreign countries to “intervene in the affairs” of his country.

Tunisia has been going through a serious political crisis since July 25, when President Saïed took a series of exceptional measures, including the freezing of the powers of Parliament, the lifting of the immunity of its deputies as well as the abolition of the body for monitoring the constitutionality of laws. He also decided to legislate by presidential decrees, to chair the public prosecution and to dismiss the prime minister, to then assume all executive power.

The majority of the political forces reject the exceptional measures decided by Saïed, and consider them as a “coup d’état against the Constitution”, while others support them by considering them as a “correction of the course of the revolution of 2011” , in light of the political, economic and health crises (coronavirus pandemic).

* Translated from Arabic by Mourad Belhaj

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