US asks Tunisia for democratic guarantees before giving new aid – Agence Afrique

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday that Tunisia must address concerns about its democratic system before being eligible for international economic aid.

The head of US diplomacy, who was speaking before a committee of the House of Representatives, said he was concerned about the seizure of absolute powers by Tunisian President Kais Saied, believing that Tunisia should be “at least” from the end. Must be caught first. Promised parliamentary election year.

“I think the most important thing for them is that they make themselves fully qualified for assistance from international financial institutions,” he said.

Tunisia began preliminary discussions in February with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), of which the United States is the main shareholder, in the hope of receiving several billion dollars to rescue a heavily indebted economy punished by inflation and endemic unemployment.

Tunisian President Kais Saied, elected in 2019 before taking full powers in July, was empowered to appoint the head of the electoral authority a few months before a referendum and a legislative ballot last Friday. This body should supervise.

The Tunisian opposition on Tuesday announced the formation of a front to bring together several parties to “save” Tunisia from its deepening crisis following a coup by President Kais Saied.

According to the former rival under the dictatorship, five political parties, including the Islamist-inspired movement Ennahdha and the Five Unions, aimed to attract other political formations and “influential” personalities before launching a national dialogue on reforms aimed at “saving the country”. Is. Zein al-Abidin Ben Ali, leftist political figure, Ahmed Najib Chebbi.

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