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EU urges Tunisia’s president to reopen parliament

Mr Saied is under international pressure to announce a clear road map for a return to constitutional politics.

• October 19, 2021
Tunisian President Kais Saied

The European Union (EU) on Tuesday called on Tunisia’s President Kais Saied to restore the democratic order in his country after he suspended parliament and seized near total control in July.

“The parliament cannot stay closed indefinitely,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told lawmakers in a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Mr Saied is under international pressure to announce a clear road map for a return to constitutional politics.

Last week, he announced a new government but gave no indication that he was ready to relinquish control.

His intervention followed years of economic stagnation and political paralysis but it has cast into doubt the democratic gains made by Tunisians during the revolution that triggered the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011.

Mr Borrell urged Mr Saied to set a clear timetable for the reopening of the parliament.

“It’s crucial for the country’s future and its domestic and international credibility that the President and the Tunisian authorities at all levels fully restore the constitutional and the institutional order, including the parliamentarian activity,” he said.

(NAN)

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