Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements about the dissolution of the Tunisian parliament, the Tunisian authorities denounced the matter, considering this Turkish position as “unacceptable interference in the country’s internal affairs”, and summoned the Turkish ambassador.
In a statement published on its Facebook page yesterday evening, the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its “extreme surprise” at Erdogan’s statements, stressing that it rejects Interfering in the country’s internal affairs.
It also considered that this statement completely contradicts the principle of mutual respect in relations between countries.
In addition, she stressed that Tunisia “adheres to the independence of its national decision, and strongly rejects every attempt to interfere with its sovereignty and the choices of its people, or to question its irreversible democratic path.”
Tunisia summons the ambassador
In turn, Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Al-Grandi announced on Twitter, this morning, Wednesday, that he also spoke to his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, over the phone, and summoned Ankara’s ambassador to express his country’s rejection of Erdogan’s comments.
He also made it clear that he informed both the minister and the ambassador of Tunisia’s refusal to interfere in its affairs, stressing that “the relations of the two countries must be based on respect for the independence of the national decision and the choices of the Tunisian people alone, and that his country does not allow its democratic path to be questioned.”
This came, after the Turkish president criticized, in a statement yesterday, the dissolution of the Tunisian parliament, considering it “a blow to the will of the Tunisian people,” as he put it.
It is noteworthy that these developments constitute a new turning point in the relations between the two countries, which developed during the past decade, as Ankara benefited from the presence of the Ennahda movement in power to strengthen its influence in Tunisia.
Turkey received with great concern what happened in Tunisia since last summer, and expressed its rejection of the exceptional measures approved by President Kais Saied, the latest of which was the dissolution of Parliament, which limited its ally, the Ennahda Movement, in the political scene.
dissolution of parliament
Last Wednesday, the Tunisian president announced the dissolution of the House of Representatives, after months of freezing its work.
Following the decision, he made it clear, in a speech he addressed to the Tunisians, that his decision was taken to protect the state, its institutions, the homeland and the people, based on the provisions of the Constitution and Chapter 72 of it, which states that “the President of the Republic is the head of the state, the symbol of its unity, guarantees its independence and continuity, and ensures respect for the Constitution”.
He also considered at the time that the frozen parliament meeting constitutes an outright conspiracy against state security, noting that everything they do now and everything they can do in the future, “has no legal value and no legal value for any alleged decision, and for any decision they imagine is a decision.”
This presidential step or decision came in response to a plenary session held by the frozen parliament, and attended by more than 100 deputies, during which they approved a bill canceling the exceptional measures announced by Saeed in the summer of last year.
It is noteworthy that Tunisia has been living in a political crisis for more than a year, especially between the presidency and the Ennahda party led by Rashid Ghannouchi, which holds a quarter of parliamentary seats and heads the currently dissolved parliament.
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