US Secretary of State Tunisian President Guiz Syed spoke by phone Monday after the prime minister was fired and parliament was suspended.
The head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, called on Gais Saeed to “maintain an open dialogue with all political actors and the Tunisian people.” He “encouraged President Syed to respect the democratic principles and human rights that underlie the administration in Tunisia.”
Anthony Blinken pledged US support for the Tunisian economy and the fight against Govt-19, a key component of the country’s eruption, and led Guys Syed to suspend parliament for 30 days.
A democracy in danger
The day after the announcement of the “freeze” of parliamentary proceedings and the removal of Prime Minister Hichem Messi, Tunisian President Gais Syed on Monday sacked the Minister of Defense, immersed in an unknown young democracy, plagued by Govt-19.
Earlier on Monday, the United States called on Tunisia not to “destroy” the weak progress of young democracy, according to a State Department statement. The State Department said it was “particularly concerned” by the media situation in Tunisia following the closure of the Al-Jazeera office of the Qatari channel in Tunisia without explanation or legal basis. White House spokeswoman Jen Zhaki did not comment on the value or accuracy of the information which was allegedly leaked to Tunisia.
These events provoked the concern of the international community, which was aware of the weakness of Tunisian democracy, ten years after the mobilization of the Arab Spring. Tunisia is considered to be the only country in the Arab world that has truly achieved a democratic transformation following the waves of this uprising, which led to the fall of Ben Ali’s dictatorial regime in January 2011.
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