Panafrican News Agency

Pressure mounts on Tunisian president Saied to restore constitutional regime

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The ambassadors of the group of seven most industrialised countries (G7) on Monday called on Tunisian President Kais Saied, to accelerate the appointment of a new Prime Minister and the return to the constitutional regime in which an elected Parliament plays a major role.

This is as pressure mounts on the Tunisian Head of State to end the exceptional measures he took on 25 July by dismissing the government and suspending the activities of the Parliament in addition to arrests of many key officials.

The European Union reiterated last week its call for the resumption and continuation of the activities of the Parliament.

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, stressed the importance of respecting the sovereignty of the law and the constitution and the aspirations of the Tunisian people.

He called on the various parties to work for the restoration of political stability, resumption of parliamentary activities and banning of acts of violence.

The United States also sent a high-ranking delegation to Tunisia last month on the same subject.

It included the First Deputy National Security Advisor and the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East.

The delegation called for an end of the confusion prevailing in the political scene by the swift appointment of a Prime Minister and the immediate return to parliamentary democracy.

According to Tunisian NGOs, President Saied has dismissed 50 senior officials since he took the exceptional measures under Article 80 of the Constitution on 25 July.

The list of dismissed authorities includes the Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, five ministers, a minister of state, the secretary general of the government, six advisers to the dismissed head of government and nine of his officials.

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