Blinken to Kais Saied: We will continue our support for Tunisia when it sets dates for reforms
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told Tunisian President Kais Saied that his country will continue its support for Tunisia when the reforms that the Tunisian president is talking about are set.
The Tunisian presidency stated, in a statement, that President Saeed received a phone call from Blinken yesterday evening, Saturday, and added that the US Secretary of State expressed his country’s desire that the reforms announced by the Tunisian President “find their way to materialization as soon as possible,” stressing that Washington will continue to Support Tunisia “When Reforms Are Timed”.
On the other hand, the Tunisian President stressed, during the phone conversation, that preparations are being made for the next stages to get out of the exceptional situation in which the country is going to a normal situation, according to the presidency’s statement. It was further complicated by the fabrication of crises and spreading lies and slander, as well as corruption and looting of the people’s resources.
President of the Republic #Kais Saied He receives a call from the US Secretary of State, in which he states that resorting to Chapter 80 is a decision necessitated by the responsibility he bears, stressing that preparations are being made for the next stages, and that the will is to get out of this exceptional situation into a normal situation. #TnPR pic.twitter.com/eoiWAc8dYj
— Tunisian Presidency (@TnPresidency) November 21, 2021
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Saeed added that he took measures last July 25 within the framework of his responsibility, “after parliament turned into an arena of conflict, in which blood shed and its work was disrupted on more than one occasion as a result of physical and verbal violence.”
Since last July 25, Tunisia has witnessed a political crisis when the President of the Republic started exceptional measures, including freezing the work of Parliament, lifting the immunity of its deputies, dismissing the prime minister, dissolving his government, abolishing the constitutionality control body of laws, issuing legislation by presidential decrees, and presiding over the Public Prosecution.
The majority of political forces in Tunisia rejected the president’s exceptional measures, describing them as a coup against the constitution, while other forces supported the measures that saw them as a correction to the course of the 2011 revolution. It leads to a further deterioration of the situation on the political and economic levels.
Last week, thousands of Tunisians protested near parliament in the capital, demanding the country’s president end the suspension of parliament while major international donors, whose financial aid the country needs to end the suspension of an IMF loan, urged him to return to normal constitutional order.