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World US urges Tunisia to return to 'democratic path'

04:25  01 august  2021
04:25  01 august  2021 Source:   afp.com

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TUNIS , July 29 (Reuters) - U . S . Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said he had urged Tunisia 's president to take action that would return the country "to the democratic path " after his seizure of governing powers on Sunday. President Kais Saied invoked a national emergency over the pandemic and poor governance to dismiss the prime minister, freeze parliament and seize executive control in a move welcomed by street rallies, but "There is no blank cheque He must come out every day to tell us what he will do," said Hatem Belkadhi, a man speaking on a central Tunis street.

TUNIS (Reuters) - U . S . Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said he had urged Tunisia 's president to take action that would return the country "to the democratic path " after his seizure of governing powers on Sunday. President Kais Saied invoked a national emergency over the pandemic and poor governance to dismiss the prime minister, freeze parliament and seize executive control in a move welcomed by street rallies, but which his "There is no blank cheque He must come out every day to tell us what he will do," said Hatem Belkadhi, a man speaking on a central Tunis street.

Tunisia should swiftly return to its "democratic path", a top White House official on Saturday told President Kais Saied, days after his shock power grab that included suspending parliament.

a group of police officers riding on the back of a truck: A power grab by Tunisia president has plunged the nation into political turmoil © FETHI BELAID A power grab by Tunisia president has plunged the nation into political turmoil

In an hour-long call with Saied, President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan noted support for "Tunisian democracy based on fundamental rights, strong institutions and a commitment to the rule of law", according to a White House statement.

Saied on July 25 sacked premier Hichem Mechichi and suspended parliament for 30 days. He ordered a graft crackdown targeting 460 businessmen and an investigation into alleged illegal funding of political parties.

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TUNIS (Reuters) - U . S . Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said he had urged Tunisia ’s president to take action that would return the country “to the democratic path ” after his seizure of governing powers on Sunday. A police officer pushes back supporters of Tunisia 's biggest political party, the moderate Islamist Ennahda, as they attempt to reach the parliament building in Tunis , Tunisia July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi. President Kais Saied invoked a national emergency over the pandemic and poor governance to dismiss the prime minister, freeze parliament and seize

U . S . Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said he had urged Tunisia 's president to take action that would return the country "to the democratic path " after his seizure of governing powers on Sunday. Welcome to the tfxarjvd.com BETA. Read our Editor's note on how we 're helping professionals make smart decisions. Skip to main content.

The president's surprise move has plunged Tunisia into political turmoil.

The US statement said the call "focused on the critical need for Tunisian leaders to outline a swift return to Tunisia's democratic path".

"This will require rapidly forming a new government, led by a capable prime minister to stabilize Tunisia's economy and confront the COVID-19 pandemic," it added.

On top of the political turmoil, the North African nation is beset by a crippling economic crisis marked by soaring inflation and high unemployment, as well as surging Covid-19 infections.

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