The leak of an audio recording, attributed to the director of the Tunisian president’s office, Nadia Okasha, that contained incitement against the dismissed former Tunisian ambassador, Qais al-Qibtni, sparked widespread controversy in the country amid calls
The leak of an audio recording, attributed to the director of the Tunisian president’s office, Nadia Okasha, which contained incitement against the dismissed former Tunisian ambassador, Qais al-Qibtni, sparked widespread controversy in the country amid calls for her dismissal from her post.
Activists on Facebook circulated a one-minute audio leak, attributed to Nadia Okasha, in which she asked a blogger to “expose” the former Tunisian ambassador to the United Nations, Qais Al-Qibtni, after he declared that he “no longer trusts Qais Saeed.”
The leakage of the audio record coincided with the postponement of a court in Tunisia hearing a case filed by University Professor Mona Karim against Nadia Okasha on charges of “defamation and mutilation”.
In a post on his Facebook account, lawyer and political activist Al-Hadi Al-Hamdouni demanded the president Kais Saied, By dismissing Nadia Okasha from her post, after “it was confirmed that she moved to a network of bloggers to incite”, according to him.
In a post, blogger Emad Al-Rish likened Nadia Okasha to Saida Sassi, the niece of the late President Habib Bourguiba, who played an influential political role during the rule of the late Tunisian president.
Political activist Riad Al-Jadi said that Nadia Okasha “ordered the disbursement of funds for the former ambassador, and then used it in an attempt to distort his image, considering in his Facebook post that her behavior is“ immoral and deserves to be condemned ”.
Rafik Omara, a member of Parliament, belonging to the Heart of Tunisia party, posted the leaked audio recording on his Facebook account, and attached it to a comment: “Every day we hear a strange event.”
Journalist Hosni Al-Mari commented by saying: “They do not have the courage to expose corruption through official and legal means, so they resort to striking under the belt.”
Author Salama Hijazi asked, in a post on Facebook, about the reasons for the presidency’s silence regarding the leak, saying: “Have efforts begun to pull the rug from under Nadia Okashas feet?”
The security unionist, Habib Al-Rashidi, suggested that Okasha would be sacked in the coming hours, and wrote on his Facebook account: “Maybe hours will separate us from the dismissal of Nadia Okasha from the palace.”