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The Group of Seven of advanced economies called on Tunisian President Kais Saied to appoint a new head of government “Expeditiously“ A return to the constitutional order.
The group said in a joint statement Monday that the nomination of the prime minister will create space for dialogue on the proposed constitutional reforms.
He added that democratic values will remain central to these countries’ relations with Tunisia.
Western democracies have been among the most important donors who have helped prop up Tunisia’s public finances over the past decade as the economy slumped since the 2011 revolution.
The statement, which was published by the British Embassy in Tunisia on social media, is the most important public expression of dissatisfaction on the part of major democracies since President Kais Saied seized power last July in steps that his opponents described as a coup.
But reports indicated that his measures were welcomed by Tunisians, who were deeply disappointed with the performance of their political parties.
No prime minister has been named yet
President Saeed, who was elected in 2019, had decided on July 25 to freeze parliament, lift the immunity of its members and dismiss the prime minister, declaring that he will assume executive power along with a new prime minister who will appoint him himself.
He said his intervention was in line with the constitution and was prompted by what he said was a national emergency due to political paralysis, high rates of coronavirus infection and protests.
Said pledged that the rights would not be affected by these measures.
But after six weeks, the prime minister has neither named nor said what he intends to do, extended emergency measures indefinitely and said there can be no turning back.
There is speculation in Tunisia about whether the president will amend the constitution.