On Saturday, Tunisian Foreign Minister, Othman Jerandi, said that President Kais Saied’s decisions are constitutional, and come within the framework of maintaining the stability of state institutions.
In press statements, the Tunisian top diplomat added that his country is continuing its democratic political path and is committed to protecting rights and freedoms.
On a related level, Tunisian President Kais Saied confirmed that he had consulted the Tunisian Prime Minister and Parliament Speaker before taking the decision to dismiss the Prime Minister and freeze Parliament, and said that whoever talks about violating the constitution is a liar.
He also promised that he would not turn into a dictator and rejected accusations he had staged a coup, as two parliament members were arrested following his decision to lift their immunity when he seized control of the government this week.
Tunisia has been thrust into a political crisis by President Saied’s move on Sunday to dismiss the prime minister and freeze parliament for 30 days, leading major parties to accuse him of a coup.
Saied has yet to carry out steps that critics say are needed to reassure Tunisians, including the appointment of an interim prime minister and a roadmap to end the emergency measures.