September 27, 2021
General News

Tunisia president rebuffs foreign pressure over political crisis

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell meets with Tunisia’s President Kais Saied during his visit to Tunis, Tunisia.
Tunisian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

TUNIS, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Tunisian President Kais Saied on Friday said the country would not tolerate any foreign interference as he faces rising pressure from Western governments to restore constitutional order after seizing power in July.

“The sovereignty of the Tunisian state and the choices of its people were not discussed with international partners … and will not be the subject of negotiations with any party,” the president said in statement.

Saied, who was elected in 2019, on July 25 froze parliament, dismissed the prime minister and assumed executive authority. His Islamist opponents have labeled the sudden intervention a coup, but he has said the moves were necessary to save the country from collapse.

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