Tunisia: Paris wants the return “as soon as possible” to “normal functioning of institutions”

Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed sacked Defense Minister Ibrahim Bartagi and government spokesperson Hasna Ben Slimane, also Minister of the Civil Service and Acting Minister of Justice.

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France wishes “the return, as soon as possible, to normal functioning of the institutions” in Tunisia after the suspension of the activities of the Parliament and the dismissal of the Prime Minister by President Kais Saied, French diplomacy said Monday (July 26th). “France is following with the greatest attention the evolution of the political situation in Tunisia”, said the spokesperson for the Quai d’Orsay, Agnès von der Mühll. “She wants respect for the rule of law and the return, as soon as possible, to normal functioning of institutions, which must be able to focus on responding to the health, economic and social crisis”, she added.

“With full respect for Tunisia’s sovereignty, France also calls on all of the country’s political forces to avoid any form of violence, and to preserve the country’s democratic gains”, she also stressed.

The United States, for its part, said “concerned” by the political crisis shaking Tunisia and called for respect for “democratic principles” in the country. Germany also called for “respect for civil liberties, which is one of the most important gains of the Tunisian revolution” of 2011, often presented as the only successful Arab Spring.

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