Kais Saied Finds American Criticism Offensive And Intrusive To Tunisian Governance
Tunisia–The Tunisian President Kais Saied has not liked the way the US has been meddling in the affairs of his nation, was the message that Mr. Saied communicated to an American delegation he met with recently.
Apparently, the American government has commented on the state of being of the country, owing to Mr. Saied’s decision to redo the constitution and declare himself leader of the nation.
A formal statement by Mr. Saied on the presidency’s Facebook page, said, “The recent remarks by some officials are unacceptable, as Tunisia is free and sovereign and sovereignty rests in the hands of its people who expressed their will through the referendum and will do it again in upcoming [legislative] elections.”
Off late, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and ambassador to Tunisia nominee Joey Hood, had both commented about the government’s functioning, something the foreign ministry of Tunisia felt were unnecessary and insulting the sovereignty of Tunisia. For this, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry last month summoned Natasha Franceschi, US charge d’affaires.
During his meeting with the American delegation, Mr. Saied also criticised the language of certain parties when discussing the decade since the Arab uprisings and their effect on politics in the region. “Democracy can only be achieved under social justice and with an independent, as well as just judiciary in which everyone is equal,” he said.
The US embassy in Tunis said members of the delegation had raised concerns about the North African country’s democratic trajectory and urged the president to be more inclusive in his policies.
“Members of the delegation urged the swift adoption of an inclusive electoral law that facilitates the broadest possible participation in the upcoming legislative elections,” a US embassy statement said.
Mr Saied last week announced that a new electoral law was being prepared to be passed before Tunisia’s legislative elections on December 17.