Tunisian President Saied Appoints Former National Security Adviser To Lead Interior Ministry Binnenlandse

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Tunisian President Kais Saied on Thursday appointed Ridha Gharsallaoui, a former national security adviser to the presidency, to head the interior ministry, he said in a statement.

The announcement was published on the official website of the Tunisian presidency. On Thursday, July 29, President Kais Saied asked Ridha Gharsallaoui, former national security adviser to the presidency, to take over the Ministry of Interior.

Ridha Gharsallaoui was sworn in by the President of the Republic as required by Article 89 of the Constitution.

Saied declared a national emergency on Sunday to seize control of the government, fire the prime minister and freeze parliament in moves his opponents called a coup.

Tunisians await the appointment of a new prime minister and the announcement of a roadmap to find a way out of the crisis.

“I tell you and the whole world that I would like to implement the Constitution and more than they do for rights and freedoms,” Saied said.

“No one has been arrested. No one has been deprived of their rights, but the law is fully enforced,” he added.

Saied supporters have seen his intervention as a welcome reset for the 2011 revolution after years of economic stagnation among a political class that often seemed more interested in its own agenda than pursuing policies for the national good.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday he had urged Saied to take action to put the country “back on the democratic path”.

( Jowharwith REUTERS)