President Kais Saied has said Tunisia would not tolerate any foreign interference in the country’s political crisis as he faces rising pressure from Western governments to restore constitutional order after seizing power in July.
The President in a statement said, “The sovereignty of the Tunisian state and the choices of its people were not discussed with international partners and will not be the subject of negotiations with any party.”
Elected in 2019, Saied on July 25 froze parliament, dismissed the prime minister and assumed executive authority.
His Islamist opponents labeled the move a coup, but he has said the moves were necessary to save the country from collapse.
Saied 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.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell who visited Tunis on Friday, said he conveyed European concerns about preserving democratic gains in Tunisia to Saied.
Ambassadors from the Group of Seven major economies this week also urged Saied to appoint a new head of government as a matter of urgency and return to a constitutional order in which an elected parliament plays a significant role.