US Senator Chris Murphy has called on President Joe Biden’s administration to consider whether Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates played a role in Sunday’s coup led by President Kais Saied.
Senator Murphy wrote on Twitter, commenting on Tunisia’s coup on Tuesday: “What role do Saudi Arabia and the UAE play in the Tunisian crisis? The Biden administration should urgently find an answer to this question.”
What role are Saudi Arabia and UAE playing in the Tunisian crisis? The Biden Administration should seek the answer to this question post haste. https://t.co/s2POLICPDQ
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 27, 2021
For his part, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called for tougher action on Tunisia’s coup, saying the United States should intervene militarily and warning that the Biden administration’s failure to act quickly would have a devastating result.
“This is where the movement of the Arab world toward representative government and democracy began, and it is clear to me that reluctance to confront aggression will kill this movement,” Senator Graham said.
He added, “The United States and the Western democracies must all be in Tunisia, on the ground, and stop this before it gets out of hand.”
An article in the “Washington Post” newspaper called on US President Joe Biden to stand firmly with democracy in Tunisia, reminding him that the great struggle between democracy and tyranny is the most important battle of the modern era.
The newspaper’s writer Josh Rogen said in an article that the Biden administration’s reactions so far after the Tunisian coup seem either unwilling or unable to do much “because we are watching the fall of democracies all over the world during his reign,” adding that time did not run out yet in Tunisia to act. American.
The writer drew attention to the fact that when Biden hosted former Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi at his home in Washington in 2015, he stressed the importance the United States attaches to ensuring the success of democracy in Tunisia.
Carefully crafted reactions to Tunisia’s coup
Rogaine cited the US administration’s reactions to what is happening in Tunisia, noting that the White House and the State Department issued statements on Monday that were “carefully crafted to avoid taking sides,” such as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s statement that Washington was “concerned about developments in Tunisia.” It is in contact with Tunisian leaders “to learn more about the situation, urge calm, and support Tunisian efforts to move forward in line with democratic principles.”
Rogen commented on the statements of various US officials that they ignore the identification of forces that the Biden administration believes represent democracy.
“This is a lot less than what I hope to see from the United States government,” said Sarah Yerkes, a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who has also worked at the State Department and at the Pentagon. It is clear that US officials are waiting to see how things go before making any strong statements.”
He added that, on the other hand, American legislators and experts who oppose the Tunisian president’s actions argue that the Biden administration’s refusal to clearly condemn Said’s authoritarian moves will encourage him, as well as weaken the forces within the country that defend the constitutional separation of powers that has so far preserved Tunisia’s 10-year experience with rule. Democrat.
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British writer David Hurst had said that the coup in Tunisia led by Tunisian President Kais Saied is no different from the coups in Egypt in 2013 and Turkey in 2016.
In his article published by the British Middle East Eye website, Hurst said that what happened in Tunisia is a complete coup, “no less than the one that overthrew the late Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013, and the attempt to overthrow the ruling Justice and Development Party headed by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Turkey.” , 2016.
Civil society organizations warn Qais Saeed
On Tuesday, the main civil society organizations in Tunisia, including the General Labor Union, warned President Kais Saied against extending the exceptional measures announced on Sunday for more than a month.
In a statement, the organizations, including the Syndicates of Journalists and Lawyers, and the Tunisian League for Human Rights, called on the president to develop a “participatory roadmap” to get out of the crisis.
Last Sunday evening, the Tunisian president issued a decision relieving Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashishi from his post, freezing the work of Parliament for a period of 30 days, and lifting the immunity of all its members.
Most of the parliamentary blocs in Tunisia opposed these decisions, and the parliament, headed by “Rached Ghannouchi”, leader of the “Ennahda” movement, strongly condemned in a later statement, “Saeed’s” decisions, and announced its rejection of them.
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