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Tunisian president appoints Garsalaoui to run Interior Ministry

Ridha Garsalaoui takes the oath of allegiance in front of Tunisian President Kais Saied. (Screenshot)
Ridha Garsalaoui takes the oath of allegiance in front of Tunisian President Kais Saied. (Screenshot)
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30 Jul 2021 01:07:22 GMT9
30 Jul 2021 01:07:22 GMT9
  • Tunisians are awaiting the appointment of a new prime minister and the announcement of a road map to find a way out of the crisis

TUNIS: Tunisian President Kais Saied on Thursday appointed Ridha Garsalaoui, a former national security adviser to the presidency, to run the Interior Ministry and pledged to protect rights and freedoms.

Saied on Sunday invoked a national emergency to seize control of government, dismiss the prime minister and freeze parliament in moves his opponents called a coup.

Tunisians are awaiting the appointment of a new prime minister and the announcement of a road map to find a way out of the crisis.

“I tell you and the whole world that I am keen to implement the constitutional text and keen more than them on rights and freedoms,” Saied said.

“No one has been arrested. No one has been deprived of his rights, but the law is fully applied,” he added.

Supporters of Saied have cast his intervention as a welcome reset for the 2011 revolution after years of economic stagnation under a political class that has often appeared more interested in its own narrow advantage than in national gain.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said he had urged Saied to take action that would return the country “to the democratic path”. 

Reuters

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