EU loses democracy in Tunisia to Saudi and Egyptian autocracy – Middle East Monitor
The West’s silence on the situation in Tunisia shows its support for autocratic regimes, including those in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which are backing the coup, former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said in a statement. article from El Mensajero.
The former president of the European Commission added: “All of this has new question marks about the potential direct consequences on neighboring Italy due to the growing danger of COVID-19 and the expected waves of immigration.”
Prodi said the external impact on the Tunisian arena is shared between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, who support the autocratic measures taken by Tunisian President Kais Saied, against Qatar and the Turkey, who support the political track of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is part of the democratic path of Tunis.
Like the French position, underlined the former official, the Italian vision of the situation is not linked to the events on the ground. While EU member states have not yet reached a “precise” position regarding the situation in Tunisia, they have yet to take any practical steps to stabilize the African country.
“I think that what is happening in Tunisia is not an internal problem”, he declared, stressing that “the consequences of a turn towards autocracy will go beyond the borders of Tunisia. We Europeans , let’s lose political influence on the southern shore of the Mediterranean. “
On July 25, Tunisian President Kais Saied invoked article 80 of the constitution to dismiss Prime Minister Hicham Mechichi, freeze the work of parliament for 30 days, lift the immunity of ministers and appoint himself to the head of the executive branch. until a new government is formed.
It comes after violent protests erupted in several Tunisian cities criticizing the government’s handling of the economy and the coronavirus. The demonstrators had called for the dissolution of parliament.
The majority of the country’s political parties have called the move a “coup against the constitution” and the achievements of the 2011 revolution.
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