The ambassadors of the G7 countries stationed in Tunisia called on Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed to “appoint a new Head of Government as soon as possible, and to bring the country back within the constitutional framework which grants Parliament a leading role. “
This is what emerges from a joint statement by the ambassadors of the United States, Germany, France, Great Britain, Japan, Italy and Canada, stationed in Tunisia, published on the official page of the British Embassy in Tunis.
“We, the G7 countries, reaffirm our constant commitment to the partnership with Tunisia, which is in the process of putting in place the political, social and economic structures necessary to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Tunisian people for better living conditions and to a governance characterized by integrity, efficiency and transparency “, indicates the press release
And to continue: “We call for a rapid return to a constitutional framework in which an elected parliament plays a leading role.”
“We also underline the urgent need to appoint a new Head of Government, to form a Government capable of dealing with the economic and health crises facing the country, and to create an inclusive space for dialogue on the constitutional and electoral reforms proposed” , adds the G7 ambassadors.
On July 25, the Tunisian president announced measures he described as “exceptional” for a period of 30 days, including the freezing of the proceedings of Parliament, the lifting of the immunity of deputies and the dismissal of the Prime Minister. Minister Hichem Mechichi. These measures provide that he assumes executive authority himself, with the help of a government of which he will appoint the head.
The statement by the G7 ambassadors added: “We call for a continued public commitment in favor of – and respect for – the political, social and economic rights of all Tunisians, as well as the rule of law.”
The press release stresses that it is important that “President Kaïs Saïed quickly defines a clear direction that meets the needs of the Tunisian people.”
In conclusion, the G7 underlined its commitment “to ensuring that shared democratic values remain central in our future relations (with Tunisia).”
The majority of Tunisian parties have rejected Saïed’s exceptional decisions, some considering them a “coup against the constitution”. Others supported them, seeing them as a “course correction” in the light of the political, economic and health crises from which the country is suffering.
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