France said it wanted “the return, as soon as possible, to normal functioning of institutions” in Tunisia after the suspension of the activities of Parliament and the dismissal of the Prime Minister by President Kais Saied, French diplomacy said.
“France is following with the greatest attention the evolution of the political situation in Tunisia”, declared the spokesperson of the Quai d’Orsay, Agnès von der Mühll. “She wants respect for the rule of law and the return, as soon as possible, to normal functioning of institutions, which must be able to focus on responding to the health, economic and social crisis,” she said. added.
“With full respect for Tunisia’s sovereignty, France also calls on all of the country’s political forces to avoid any form of violence, and to preserve the country’s democratic gains,” she also underlined.
United States and Germany worried
The United States, for its part, said it was “concerned” by the political crisis shaking Tunisia and called for respect for “democratic principles” in the country. Germany also called for “respect for civil liberties, which is one of the most important gains of the Tunisian revolution” of 2011, often presented as the only successful one of the Arab Spring.
“A coup against the revolution and the Constitution”
Sunday evening, after a day of demonstrations in many cities of Tunisia, in particular against the management of the coronavirus epidemic by the Mechichi government, the head of state Kais Saied sacked the latter and announced “the freezing” of activities of Parliament for 30 days.
The president, also head of the army, also granted himself executive power, disrupting the organization of power in a country governed since 2014 by a mixed parliamentary system, by announcing his intention to appoint a new prime minister. He sacked Defense Minister Ibrahim Bartagi and government spokesperson Hasna Ben Slimane, also Minister of Civil Service and Acting Minister of Justice, on Monday.
Ennahdha, the main party in Parliament, blasted “a coup against the revolution and the Constitution”, and its leader Rached Ghannouchi camped for twelve hours on Monday in front of the Parliament sealed off by the army, to demand it. access.