A senior White House official told President Kais Saied on Saturday (7/31/2021) that Tunisia must quickly resume its “democratic path”, days after his shocking seizure that included suspending parliament.
In an hour-long call with Saied, President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, noted his support for “Tunisian democracy based on basic rights, strong institutions and a commitment to the rule of law,” according to a statement from El Obeid. a house.
Saeed dismissed Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashishi from his position on 25 July and suspended parliament for 30 days. He ordered an attack on corruption targeting 460 businessmen and an investigation into allegations of illegal financing of political parties.
The president’s sudden initiative plunged Tunisia into political chaos.
The official US statement noted that the appeal “focused on the urgent need for Tunisian leaders to outline the speedy return to Tunisia’s democratic path.”
He added that this “requires the rapid formation of a new government led by a prime minister capable of stabilizing the Tunisian economy and dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.”
In addition to political turmoil, the North African country is experiencing an economic crisis marked by high rates of inflation and high unemployment, as well as a rise in coronavirus cases.
Commitment to the rule of law,” according to a statement issued by the White House.
gs (afp, reuters, ap)
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