(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Tunisia’s foreign ministry said on Friday it summoned an
official from the U.S. embassy after Secretary of State Antony
Blinken raised concerns about Tunisia’s democracy, Trend reports citing
Tunisia’s Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi told U.S. acting
chargé d’affaires Natasha Franceschi that the statement represented
an unacceptable ‘interference in the national internal affairs’,
the ministry said in a statement.
Blinken expressed concerns about Tunisia’s democracy on Thursday
after President Kais Saied introduced a new constitution giving
himself far more powers, but the broad reaction among Western
democracies was muted.
‘Tunisia has experienced an alarming erosion of democratic norms
over the past year and reversed many of the Tunisian people’s
hard-won gains since 2011,’ Blinken said then, referring to the
2011 revolution that introduced democracy.
The new constitution was endorsed in a referendum the president
held on Monday, a year after Saied moved to shut down the elected
parliament and start ruling by decree.
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