On Thursday, the United Nations called on the Tunisian parties to launch a comprehensive dialogue “in line with democratic values” in order to resolve outstanding issues in the country.
This came in a press conference held by Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at the United Nations Permanent Headquarters in New York.
“We call on all concerned parties in Tunisia to resolve outstanding issues through a comprehensive dialogue in line with democratic values,” Dujarric said.
He added that “the United Nations continues its commitment to support democratic institutions in Tunisia, as well as to provide support to these institutions in their response to the Corona pandemic.”
This comes a day after Tunisian President Kais Saied announced the abolition of the constitutionality monitoring body (an independent judiciary).
And issuing legislation by presidential decrees, and assuming the executive authority with the help of a government, which Tunisian parties considered a “coup against the constitution.”
Since last July 25, Tunisia has been experiencing a severe political crisis, as Saied decided to freeze the powers of Parliament, lift the immunity of deputies and dismiss the prime minister.
Provided that he assumes the executive authority with the assistance of a government whose head is appointed, and then issues orders to dismiss officials and appoint others.
The majority of parties rejected these measures, and some considered them a “coup against the constitution” and a prelude to the return of tyranny and individual rule after a popular revolution that toppled the regime of late President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1987-2011).
While other parties supported these measures, considering them to be a “correction of course” in light of the political, economic, and health crises (the Corona pandemic).