Turkish officials condemn 'coup' by Tunisian president

Turkish officials condemn 'coup' by Tunisian president
Turkish officials have denounced a 'coup' by the Tunisian president after he dissolved parliament and sacked the prime minister on Sunday evening.
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26 July, 2021
Turkey says the recent developments in Tunisia are 'worrisome' [Getty Images]

Turkish officials on Monday condemned Tunisian President Kais Saied's suspension of parliament and dismissal of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi as a coup against the country's constitutional order.

"What is happening in Tunisia is worrisome. Decisions prohibiting the elected parliament and MPs from fulfilling their duties is a coup against the constitutional order," Turkey's Speaker of Parliament Mustafa Sentop said on Twitter.

Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin also denounced "the suspension of the democratic process and the ignoring of the democratic will of the people in Tunisia".

Others have condemned Saied's "coup", which came late Sunday after mass protests across Tunisia against the moderate Ennahdha, the country’s largest political party.

Islamist groups in neighbouring Algeria said Saied's decision would "drag the country into chaos", saying it served the "Zionist and colonial project".

The developments have come after a prolonged period of deadlock between the president, prime minister, and legislature, which has crippled management of a coronavirus crisis with a surge in deaths that has put Tunisia among the highest per capita rates in the world.

The country has also been reeling under economic struggles, made worse by the pandemic.