The former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki admitted that he was one of those who worked to thwart the holding of the Francophone summit in Tunisia, and even said that he was proud of it.
Al-Marzouki attributed his position by saying that he hopes that the Francophone summit will be organized in Tunisia as a democratic country and not as a country undergoing a coup.
The former Tunisian president stressed that he did not invite France to interfere in his country’s internal affairs, noting that he said: “Last Sunday, France’s image is somewhat shaky during this period, and in Tunisia there is a feeling that France is interfering in our internal affairs and supporting the coup. I went to the French friends and said Do not support this coup.”
Al-Marzoufi pointed out that “what happened after the statement is an organized campaign against me, because I was against the coup today, so they took the words out of context and accused me of the opposite of what I said,” explaining that he “called not to support the coup and not to interfere in Tunisian internal affairs.”
Regarding Tunisian President Qais Saeed, Marzouki said: “The president took all the rights for himself and destroyed the institution of Parliament and put a tank in front of him, and today there is no president in the whole world who was taken by this man who broke the constitution, which he swore to respect.”
In a related matter, Canadian journalist Etienne Fortin Gautier said in a tweet on his account on the social networking site “Twitter” that his country did not support the organization of the Francophone summit in Tunisia, and that he requested clarification on this matter from Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau.
The journalist published a letter he received from Foreign Minister Marc Garneau, in which he explained Canada’s position on organizing the summit that was scheduled to be held this year in Tunisia.
Minister Marc Garnovy said his message: “We remain concerned about the political situation in Tunisia, in particular the lack of a time-limit for a rapid return to the constitutional framework in which Parliament plays an important role,” noting in the context that Canada “expressed its concern about The state of suspension of democratic institutions in Tunisia..”.
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