Egypt’s Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, pledged his country’s “unconditional support” for Tunisian President Kais Saied, who has suspended parliament, fired the prime minister, and seized executive control.
After meeting Saied in Tunis, Shoukry reaffirms the Arab Republic of Egypt’s full support for stability and the fulfillment of the Tunisian people’s decision.
On July 25, Saied invoked the constitution to seize executive power in what his main opponents, the Islamist-inspired Ennahdha party, denounced as a “coup”. Nine days later, Tunisia is still awaiting the appointment of a new prime minister.
According to Shoukry, Tunisia is going through a historic period, which is being led by someone who loves democracy, the constitution, and institutions above all else.
Saied traveled to Cairo in late 2020 to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who deposed an elected Islamist government in 2013 and has since led an assault on the opposition, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, which is now banned.
The US urged Tunisia to return to the “democratic road” as soon as possible on Saturday.
With a population of roughly 12 million people, the nascent democracy was frequently regarded as the only success story of the 2011 Arab Spring.
However, a decade later, many people say they have witnessed no change in living standards and are irritated by Tunisia’s long-running political impasse and elite infighting.
Tunisia is in the midst of an economic crisis while also battling Covid-19 outbreaks, with hospitals overburdened and oxygen shortages.