G7 countries call for Tunisia to return to the constitutional system

The embassies of the G7 countries in Tunisia called for President Kais Saied to appoint a Prime Minister as soon as possible and return the country to its constitutional process.

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The embassies of the G7 countries, the US, Germany, England, France, Italy, Japan, and Canada, in Tunisia have issued a joint written statement.

A joint statement was published on the official website of the British Embassy in Tunisia, stating: “As the G7 countries, we underline our commitment to our continued partnership with Tunisia, which is in the process of developing the necessary political, social, and economic structures to respond to the legitimate demands of the people for a better standard of living. In this context, we call for a return to the constitutional system, in which the elected parliament plays an important role, as soon as possible.”

In the statement, it was also emphasized that Tunisia, which is facing economic and health crises, needs to appoint a new Prime Minister who can form a government capable of overcoming the crises it is in, and it is stated that this will create an environment for an inclusive dialogue on the proposed constitutional and electoral reforms.

As this process takes shape, a call was made to respect the civil, political, social, and economic rights of all Tunisians and the rule of law.

The statement further reads, “The sooner President Kais Saied sets a clear vision that responds to the needs of the people, the sooner Tunisia will be able to focus on tackling the economic, health, and social challenges it faces.”

President Kais Saied announced on July 25 that he had implemented Article 80 of the Constitution, which gave him extraordinary powers when the country was in danger.

Saied announced that the Parliament had suspended its work for 30 days, that the immunity of all deputies was lifted, that he dismissed the prime minister and would appoint a new prime minister, and that he had also appointed himself as the attorney general for corruption cases.

After the one-month period expired, Saied announced that the decisions he had gathered in his hands with extraordinary powers, including the suspension of the work of the Assembly on August 25, were extended “indefinitely”.

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