The ambassadors of the G7 group of industrialised nations have fallen on Tunisia’s president Kais Saied on Monday to urgently appoint a new head of government and return to a constitutional order with the parliament playing a significant role.
“We underline the urgent need to appoint a new head of government to form a capable government able to address the immediate economic and health crises facing Tunisia,” the statement said.
The G7 statement said appointing a prime minister would “create space for an inclusive dialogue about proposed constitutional and electoral reforms” and added that democratic values would remain central to their relations with Tunisia.
Speaking to the National Guard later on Monday, Saied in an indirect response to the G7 statement said: “Tunisia is a sovereign country and sovereignty belongs to the people.”
Elected in 2019, Saied on July 25 froze parliament, lifted the immunity of its members and dismissed the prime minister. His opponents have accused him of staging a coup, which he has denied.
He said his intervention was in line with the constitution and necessitated by a national emergency due to political paralysis, high COVID-19 rates, and protests. He has vowed that rights will not be affected.