Tunisia’s President Kais Saied’s decision to suspend parliament and dismiss the prime minister sparked different reactions from world leaders.
Germany expressed grave concern, calling for a swift return to democratic constitutional order in the North African country.
“Tunisian people want democracy, and democracy has gained a foothold in the country,” the German Foreign Ministry said.
She also expressed concern over recent nationwide protests and Saied’s controversial move, which Tunisian Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi denounced as “a coup against the revolution”.
Adebahr said Germany expects steps from the country’s political leaders towards democratic and constitutional processes.
“Now, it is important to return to constitutional order swiftly. We are calling on all sides to guarantee to maintain and implement the Constitution. This also includes civil rights and liberties from our point of view,” she stressed.
Adebahr also called for a constructive dialogue among the leaders of the country’s constitutional organs to address Tunisia’s problems and speed up political and economic reforms.
The US was also “concerned” regarding the situation in Tunisia.
“We are in touch at a senior level from both the White House and the State Department with Tunisian leaders to learn more about the situation,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said.
In turn, France called for respect of the rule of law.
Turkey also called for the restoration of “democratic legitimacy.”
“The preservation of Tunisia’s democratic achievements, which is a success story in terms of the democratic process conducted in line with the expectations of people in the region, is of great importance for the region as well as for Tunisia,” Turkey’s foreign ministry added.
Tunisian president Kais Saied dismissed the country’s prime minister and froze parliament for 30 days on Sunday, in what some are calling a constitutional coup.
This came only after a day of protests across the country against the North African country’s deepening social and economic crisis.
Saied said his actions were in line with the Constitution and cited article 80 to suspend the immunity of members of parliament.