The Francophone Organization dealt a severe blow to Tunisian President Kais Saied, after suspending the work of the Tunis section. This is because of what it described as the political situation in the country, since President Qais Saeed began taking a series of “exceptional” measures, including freezing parliament, dismissing the government and appointing others under his direct leadership, in steps described by political parties as a “coup.”
According to a statement by the General Assembly of the organization, which includes parliamentarians from all countries that carry a Francophone culture. The conferees stressed the need to provide support to parliaments in crisis situations and political transition, in order to re-establish a democratic constitutional system.
Postponement of the Francophone Summit
The steps taken by the organization include postponing the Francophone summit that was to be held in Tunisia for a whole year. Because of what she said is the political situation in the country.
Representatives of the 88 member states of the International Organization of la Francophonie agreed to postpone the deadline to the fall of 2022, in order for Tunisia to “be able to organize the summit in the best conditions.”
For its part, Radio France International indicated that the decision to postpone came after confirming the weakness of the organization, as there is still no official site for the summit or a clear program, although the date of the organization is very close.
What did the Tunisian Foreign Ministry say about the Francophone Organization’s decision?
For its part, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said, in a statement, that its Minister, Othman Al-Jarandi, had made phone calls with the foreign ministers of Egypt, Lebanon and Mauritania. Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso and Cameroon, in addition to the French Secretary of State in charge of Francophonie, Jean-Baptiste Lemoine, to discuss this decision, while he did not reveal other details.
An “exceptional” case in Tunisia
Since Tunisian President Kais Saied announced the extension of the “exceptional measures” to freeze Parliament and lift the immunity of its deputies, the positions of Tunisian parties have become more frequent. Between denunciation and rejection, and demands for an urgent road map and early elections.
On July 25, Saied froze parliament for 30 days, lifted parliament’s immunity, dismissed Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashishi and officials and appointed others. On August 23 last year, the Tunisian President announced “the extension of the exceptional measures taken until further notice.”
Less than two months after announcing his exceptional measures, Tunisian President Kais Saied, and before him his diplomatic advisor, disclosed. On the possibility of introducing amendments to the 2014 constitution, without details of what the amendments are or the mechanism for passing them in light of the parliament’s suspension.
In the past two weeks, thousands of Tunisians gathered during holidays on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the center of the capital, Tunis, to protest the July 25 decisions approved by Tunisian President Kais Saied, accusing him of overturning the constitution and calling for him to protect freedoms in the country and the revolution.
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