We do not consider it a coup.. Washington’s first comment on the events in Tunisia

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07:34 PM

Monday 26 July 2021

Agencies:

The White House expressed the concern of the administration of US President Joe Biden about the developments in Tunisia, stressing its support for Tunisia to move forward in accordance with the principles of democracy.

A White House spokeswoman said Monday evening that President Kais Saied’s recent decisions cannot be characterized as a coup.

Yesterday, Sunday, which coincides with the National Day to celebrate the 64th anniversary of Republic Day, Tunisian cities witnessed demonstrations and protests against the deteriorating economic conditions, especially in light of the epidemiological crisis in the country.

The demonstrators raised slogans calling for the dissolution of Parliament and the overthrow of the government. A number of the headquarters of the “Ennahda” movement, which represents the majority in Parliament, were burned and attacked.

The outbreak of political conflict, and the intensification of the dispute between the Presidency of the Republic, the Presidency of Parliament, and the Presidency of the Government, which was reflected on the Tunisian street, led President Kais Saied to take exceptional measures, including: freezing the work of Parliament and dissolving the government, in accordance with Article 80 of the Tunisian Constitution.





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