Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Tuesday said his country fully supports Tunisian President Kais Saied, who has suspended parliament, sacked the prime minister, and seized executive power, reported Africa News.
“We affirm the full support of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the stability and the fulfillment of the will of the Tunisian people,” Shoukry said after meeting Saied in Tunis.
On July 25, Saied invoked the constitution to seize executive power, arguing the need to save the country amid public anger at the government over joblessness, rising prices, and coronavirus pandemic. He claimed that his actions were in line with the constitution, and also suspended the immunity of members of parliament. The opposition and political critics, however, called the president’s move a coup attempt.
The Egyptian minister said that Tunisia is undergoing a historic moment, undertaken by a person who attaches the highest importance to the values of democracy, the constitution, and institutions.
During a meeting with Algeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra, on Sunday, Egypt’s President Abdelfattah Al Sissi said his government would support President Saied and do everything that would maintain stability in the country and help implement the will and choices of its people.
“Egypt is closely monitoring developments in Tunisia. It voices full support for the Tunisian people and their legitimate aspirations and has full confidence in the Tunisian Presidency’s wisdom and ability to overcome the crisis as soon as possible,” Ahmed Hafedh, the spokesperson for the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a press release on Sunday.
The Tunisian president is yet to announce the appointment of a new prime minister. He is also still to announce a roadmap to end an emergency period that he initially set at one month but later announced could be two months.