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United Nations calls on Tunisians to engage in inclusive dialogue to resolve outstanding issues

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The United Nations on Thursday urged the Tunisian parties to engage in an inclusive dialogue “in line with democratic values” in order to resolve the outstanding issues in the country.

This is what emerges from a press conference held by Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at the permanent headquarters of the United Nations in New York.

“We call on all parties concerned in Tunisia to resolve the outstanding issues through an inclusive dialogue in line with democratic values,” said Dujarric.

The UN spokesperson underlined “the United Nations’ commitment to continue supporting democratic institutions in Tunisia, and to support their efforts in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic”.

The United Nations position comes the day after the new decisions taken by Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed, to abolish the provisional body for the control of the constitutionality of bills, to legislate by presidential decrees and to exercise executive power with the help from a government.

With these new measures, Kaïs Saïed de facto strengthens his prerogatives to the detriment of Parliament and the government.

Tunisian parties, including the movement of Islamic obedience “Ennahdha”, denounce to this effect a “coup against the Constitution” and an “authoritarian drift” of the Head of State.

Tunisia has been in the throes of a serious political crisis since the Head of State decided on July 25 to dismiss Head of Government Hichem Mechichi, freeze the powers of Parliament for a period of 30 days, and lift immunity deputies in the context of exceptional measures. Kaïs Saïed had also announced that he was assuming the executive power with the help of a government of which he will designate the head and proceeded in the following days to a series of dismissals of ministers and senior officials in the apparatus of the state.

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 considered it as a “restoration of the process”, against the backdrop of political, economic and health crises (Covid- 19).

In recent days, several parties have announced their rejection of the repeal of the Constitution by Kaïs Saïed, warning against the return of tyranny and authoritarianism, after the 2011 revolution that overthrew the President’s regime. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1987-2011).

* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail

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