Tunisia raises tone in face of ‘unacceptable interference’

Relations are strained between Tunisia and the United States, a country increasingly critical of President Kaïs Saïed, who has concentrated all powers since July 25, 2021.

as reported from Tunis, Oumeina Nechi

The Tunisian authorities have raised their voices. four days later the referendum on the constitution, where “yes” won in favor of a new constitution proposed by President Kaïs Saïed, the government convened for the first time the American Chargé d’Affaires. Natasha Franceschi, who serves as the embassy’s chief official, had to go to the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tunis on Friday, July 29.

This summons came a few hours after a meeting between the head of state and foreign minister Othman Jerandi. The latter condemned “unacceptable interference in internal national affairs” and expressed “Tunisian astonishment” following statements by senior US officials about this controversial referendum.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinke and US Ambassador to Tunisia nominee Joey Hood had criticized the referendum process. The head of US diplomacy had called for “an inclusive and transparent reform process”, which also included opponents of the new constitution, while the ambassador-designate had condemned “an alarming erosion of democratic standards and fundamental freedoms” in Tunisia.

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