Tunisia summons Turkish Ambassador over Erdogan’s statement
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the dissolution of the Tunisian parliament as a "a blow to the will of the Tunisian people."
According to the Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi on Wednesday, the Turkish ambassador was summoned to the Tunisian Foreign Ministry following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement on the dissolution of the Tunisian parliament.
On March 30, Tunisian President Kais Saied dissolved Parliament, calling for legislative elections within 3 months.
The Tunisian President made the announcement during a meeting of the National Security Council, just hours after parliamentarians held an online plenary session and passed a bill opposing his "exceptional measures".
Jerandi Tweeted that he contacted the Turkish foreign minister along with the Turkish ambassador.
"I have told them that Tunisia rejects the statement of President Erdogan and considers it interference in the affairs of Tunisia."
Jerandi added that both nations should build relations based on respect of the choice of the people, while emphasizing that Tunisia does not allow "its democratic path to be questioned."
Erdogan attacked the Tunisian president's move to dissolve its parliament last week as a "smearing of democracy", adding that Turkey sees the "developments in Tunisia as a smearing of democracy" and a blow to the will of the Tunisian people.
In Tunisia, a constitutional reforms referendum is scheduled for July 25, 2022, while parliamentary elections are expected in December 2022.