The world’s reaction to Tunisia’s political turmoil | Tunisia News
The following are some of the reactions from around the world to Tunisian President Kais Saied’s decision to suspend Parliament and remove the Prime Minister.
Tunisian President Keith Said’s decision to suspend the parliament and remove the prime minister caused protests in the country. The largest political party condemned this as a “coup”.
This decision was condemned by his rivals as an attack on democracy. Foreign governments have also expressed concerns.
Here are some reactions from around the world to Sunday’s shocking announcement.
The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed “deep concern” about the latest developments and called for the restoration of the country’s “democratic legitimacy”.
The ministry stated: “Preserving Tunisia’s democratic achievements is a success story of the democratic process carried out in accordance with the expectations of the people in the region. It is very important for the region and Tunisia.”
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter: “We oppose the suspension of the democratic process and the disregard of the democratic will of the people in friendly and brotherly Tunisia.
“We condemn measures that lack constitutional legitimacy and public support. We believe that Tunisia’s democracy will become stronger in the process.”
The state-run Qatar News Agency said Doha called on all parties involved in the Tunisian political crisis to avoid escalation and move towards dialogue.
“Qatar hopes that all parties in Tunisia will adopt a dialogue approach to overcome the crisis,” QNA said, citing a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Maria Adeba, a spokesperson for the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters that Germany hopes that Tunisia will “restore constitutional order as soon as possible.”
“Since 2011, democracy has taken root in Tunisia,” Adbar said, referring to the year of popular revolution that overthrew Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
She said Germany was “very worried” but added: “We don’t want to talk about a coup.”
“It is important to restore constitutional order as soon as possible,” Adebach said.
“We will definitely try to discuss (the situation) with the Tunisian ambassador to Berlin. Our ambassador to Tunisia is ready to participate in the discussion.”
The EU urges all political actors in Tunisia to respect the country’s constitution and avoid violence.
“We are closely monitoring the latest developments in Tunisia,” a spokesperson for the European Commission said.
“We call on all Tunisian actors to respect the Constitution, its institutions and the rule of law. We also call on them to remain calm and avoid resorting to any violence in order to maintain the stability of the country,” she said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief comment that Russia is closely following developments in Tunisia.
“We hope that nothing will threaten the stability and safety of the people in that country,” he told reporters at a daily telephone briefing.