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US Secretary of State calls on Tunisia’s president to “commit to democracy”

US Secretary of State calls on Tunisia's president to "commit to democracy"

Washington reported that US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, discussed with Tunisian President Kais Saied the latest developments in Tunisia, calling on him to commit to democracy.

On Monday, the US State Department said Blinken spoke by phone with Saeed, calling on him to “adhere to the principles of democracy and human rights.”

Blinken urged Saeed to “maintain an open dialogue with all political parties and the Tunisian people, noting that the United States will continue to monitor the situation and maintain communication.”

Earlier in the day, US State Department spokesman Ned Price called on the Tunisian authorities to “solve the country’s problems based on the constitution,” stressing the need to “not waste the democratic gains” made by Tunisia.

On Sunday evening, Tunisian President Kais Saied issued decisions relieving Prime Minister Hisham Al-Mashishi from his post, freezing the work of Parliament for 30 days, lifting the immunity of deputies, and taking over the executive authority until the formation of a new government, pointing out that these measures should have been taken months ago.

These developments come against the backdrop of massive protests that in some places turned into clashes between protesters and members of the security forces in many Tunisian cities.

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