US Congressional Committee: Democracy in Tunisia is in danger

Tunisians wave national flags to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 revolution on January 14, 2016. FETHI BELAID/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Democracy in Tunisia is in jeopardy following a series of executive orders issued by President Kais Saied, the Congressional Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and Countermeasures said yesterday. global terrorism.

This came during a virtual hearing titled “Tunisia: Review of the State of Democracy and Next Steps in US Policy” which was held with the participation of a number of committee members and d political experts.

“We are deeply concerned about the actions of President Saied, despite the positive steps taken in recent weeks,” committee chairman Congressman Ted Deutch said during the session, noting that a number of many parliamentarians are still in detention for political reasons.

He stressed Washington’s readiness to “support Tunisia’s democratic transition and the process of constitutional reform”.

On Tuesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price praised Tunisia for forming a new government, calling for an inclusive path for a speedy return to constitutional order.

Later yesterday evening, President Saied met with the US Ambassador to Tunisia, Donald Bloom, and told him of Tunis’ “dissatisfaction” with Congress’s decision to discuss the situation in Tunisia.

On July 25, Tunisian President Kais Saied invoked Article 80 of the constitution to impeach Prime Minister Hicham Mechichi, freeze the work of parliament for 30 days, lift the immunity of ministers and appoint himself head of the executive until a new government is formed.

It comes after violent protests erupted in several Tunisian cities criticizing the government’s handling of the economy and the coronavirus. The demonstrators had called for the dissolution of parliament.

The majority of the country’s political parties called the move a “coup against the constitution” and the achievements of the 2011 revolution.

Saied appointed a Prime Minister on September 29, a new government has since been formed.

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