Following the statements of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry expressed on Tuesday its “deep astonishment” at Erdogan’s statements, and said that it rejected Interfering in the country’s internal affairs.
The ministry said in a statement posted on its Facebook page that it “considers this statement as an unacceptable interference in the internal affairs, and completely contradicts the fraternal ties that unite the two countries and peoples, and with the principle of mutual respect in relations between countries.”
She also stressed that Tunisia “adheres to the independence of its national decision, and strongly rejects every attempt to interfere with its sovereignty and the choices of its people, or to question its irreversible democratic path.”
Tunisia summons the ambassador
Later, Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Al-Grandi said on Twitter, today, Wednesday, that he also spoke to his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, over the phone, and summoned Ankaras ambassador to Tunisia to express his country’s rejection of Erdogan’s comments.
He also said, “I had contact with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, and the ambassador was summoned. I informed them that Tunisia rejected President Erdogan’s statement and considered it an interference in Tunisian affairs, and that the relations of the two countries should be based on respect for the independence of the national decision and the choices of the Tunisian people alone, and that our country does not allow questioning of its democratic path.
A press statement issued by Erdogan attributed to him his criticism of the decision to dissolve the Tunisian parliament, saying that the decision to dissolve the parliament “constitutes a blow to the will of the Tunisian people.”
dissolution of parliament
And last Wednesday, Tunisian President Kais Saied announced the dissolution of the House of Representatives, after months of freezing parliament.
Following the decision, Saeed explained in a speech he addressed to the Tunisians, after the meeting of the National Security Council, that these measures were taken to protect the state, its institutions, the homeland and the people, based on the provisions of the Constitution and Chapter 72 of it, which states that “the President of the Republic is the head of the state, and the symbol of its unity.” guarantees its independence and continuity, and ensures respect for the constitution.
He warned anyone who tries to resort to violence, stressing that they will be confronted with the law and confronted by the army and security forces, and no room will be left for them to move, stressing that “the state will not be a toy in their hands.”
He considered that the frozen parliament meeting is an outrageous conspiracy against state security, noting that everything they do now and everything they can do in the future, “has no legal value and no legal value for any alleged decision, and for any decision they imagine is a decision.”
This presidential step or decision came in response to a plenary session held by the frozen parliament, and attended by more than 100 deputies, during which they approved a bill canceling the exceptional measures announced by President Qais Saeed last summer.
It is noteworthy that Tunisia has been experiencing a political crisis for more than a year, especially between the presidency and the Ennahda party led by Rashid Ghannouchi, which holds a quarter of parliamentary seats.