In a written statement from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (APF), it was stated that the memberships of Chad, Guinea, and Tunisia were suspended due to the political developments in the respective countries.
Headquartered in Paris, the APF has 56 French-speaking member countries. The APF aims to develop cooperation and solidarity among member countries.
On the other hand, in the statement made yesterday by the International Francophone Organization, it was announced that the International Francophonie Summit, which was planned to be held on November 20-21, 2021, in Djerba, Tunisia, was postponed for one year in order to organize it in “better conditions.”
In Tunisia, President Kais Saied issued new decrees expanding his powers on September 22, after he suspended the Parliament’s work on July 25 and dismissed former prime minister Hichem Mechichi, which many have called “a coup against the constitution.”
Saied’s seizure of power has been rejected by the majority of parties in Tunisia, with some accusing him of orchestrating a coup against the constitution. However, other parties think Saied’s decisions are correct considering the political, economic, and health crises the North African country is currently facing.