Turkish Officials Upset With Tunisian President’s Measures, Calling it a “Coup” Against Democracy – Al Marsad

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin denounced what he described as “the suspension of the democratic process and the ignoring of the democratic will of the people in Tunisia”, referring to the measures taken by Tunisian President Kais Saied to save the country after the political division, economic collapse and deterioration of living conditions in the country.

(LIBYA, 26 July 2021) – According to the Anadolu Agency, Ibrahim Kalin expressed his rejection of suspending the democratic process and ignoring the democratic will of the people in Tunisia. “We condemn initiatives that lack constitutional legitimacy and public support; we believe that Tunisian democracy will emerge stronger from this process,” said Kalin.

Kalin did not, however, make any reference to the fact that thousands of Tunisians took to the streets to welcome President Kais Saied’s decisions. Given the strong Islamist ties between Rachid Ghannouchi’s Ennahda and the ruling Islamist AKP, it was expected that Turkish officials would react negatively to President Saied’s decision to dismiss the government and freeze the Parliament.

In a related context, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed its “deep concern” over the freezing of Tunisia’s Parliament, expressing its hope that democratic legitimacy will be quickly re-established in the country.

“We are deeply concerned by the suspension of the parliament, which represents the popular will in Tunisia,” the ministry said, adding: “We hope to restore democratic legitimacy within the framework of the provisions of the Tunisian constitution as soon as possible.”

The Turkish Foreign Ministry noted that Tunisia has an exemplary success story in terms of the democratic path within the framework of popular aspirations in the region, stressing that protecting this exceptional status for Tunisia and its democratic gains is of great importance for the country and the region as well.

“We have no doubts that the Tunisian people, who have successfully passed many stages on the path to democracy, will also overcome this challenge,” said the Turkish Foreign Ministry, stressing that Turkey will continue to stand by Tunisia and its people because of its historical ties.

Numan Kurtulmuş, Deputy Chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), emphasized during a visit to the Azerbaijan capital Baku, Ankara’s “principled position” on rejecting coups wherever they are in the world. He said Turkey has witnessed many coups in the past, adding: “We stand against coups anywhere in the world in principle, because they ignore the free will of the people.”

“We are a nation that understands that coups against a legitimate government elected by the people, and a legitimate elected parliament, are a crime against humanity, regardless of who they are,” said the Deputy Chairman of the AKP. He added, “No one should engage in an act that would ignore the democratic demands of the people and try to eliminate them, at a time when democracy has recently started to grow in the Middle East and North Africa.”