France urges Tunisia to speed up appointment of new prime minister, govt.

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France on Wednesday urged Tunisia to quickly appoint a new prime minister and government as the North African country sank further into political uncertainty.

France on Wednesday urged Tunisia to quickly appoint a new prime minister and government as the North African country sank further into political uncertainty.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told his counterpart Othman Jerandi that Tunisians expected such a move after President Kais Saied fired more officials after he previously suspended parliament and assumed executive powers in what opponents called a “coup d’état”. called.

In a telephone conversation with Jerandi, Le Drian underlined “the importance of quickly appointing a prime minister and forming a government capable of meeting Tunisians’ expectations,” said a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry. .

He also said it was “necessary to preserve peace and the rule of law and to allow for a rapid return to normal functioning of Tunisia’s democratic institutions”.

France had already called on Tunis at the beginning of this week to create the conditions for institutions to refocus their efforts on the country’s health, economic and social crises.

Key civil society groups in Tunisia have warned against any “illegitimate” extension of Saied’s 30-day suspension of parliament, and demanded in a joint statement a timeline for political action.

Following the suspension of parliament and the firing of Hichem Mechichi as prime minister on Sunday, the resignation of defense and justice ministers on Monday, Saied then issued orders to sack a series of top officials.

Saied says his actions are justified under the constitution, which allows the head of state to take unspecified exceptional measures in the event of an “imminent threat”.

(AFP)