The European Union (EU) on Tuesday stressed the need to preserve democracy and stability in Tunisia, following President Saied’s decision to suspend the country’s parliament and dismiss the Prime Minister.
TOS News on Tuesday reported that Tunisia’s Prime Minister, Hicham Mechichi was sacked and parliament operations halted after thousands of Tunisians took to the streets on Sunday calling for the dissolution of parliament and early elections.
“We call for the restoration of institutional stability as soon as possible, and in particular for the resumption of parliamentary activity, respect for fundamental rights and an abstention from all forms of violence,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement.
America’s Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said he had called President Saied and expressed “support for Tunisia’s democracy.”
“I encouraged President Saied to adhere to the principles of democracy and human rights that are the basis of governance in Tunisia and urged him to maintain open dialogue with all political actors and the Tunisian people,” Blinken tweeted.
Saied’s move late Sunday followed weeks of political turbulence in the country, fueled in part by public anger over the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When accused by the country’s main parties of inciting a coup, President Saied insisted he was acting in response to the country’s economic woes and political deadlock and added that the country’s constitution gave him that authority.