Adviser Jonathan Finer delivered to President Kais Saied a message from US President Joe Biden on Friday, “reaffirming his personal support, and that of the Biden-Harris administration, for the Tunisian people and calling for a swift return to the path of Tunisia. parliamentary democracy, ”the statement read.
Finer traveled to Tunis with Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood, he added.
He “discussed with President Saied the urgent need to appoint a Prime Minister designate who would form a government capable of dealing with the immediate economic and health crises facing Tunisia.”
“Giving a new government the means to stabilize the economy will also create space for an inclusive dialogue on the proposed constitutional and electoral reforms,” he added.
The statement said Finer also met with civil society leaders and expressed U.S. support for their active participation in building a democratic future.
In a series of shocking moves, Saied announced late last month the dismissal of the prime minister, the suspension of parliament and the lifting of parliamentary immunity for the 217 lawmakers who make up Tunisia’s lower house.
Critics and opposition leaders have called the president’s actions a “coup”, a qualification rejected by Saied.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Saied last month and urged him to take action to get the country “back on the democratic path.”
A Facebook post by the Tunisian presidency said Saied told U.S. officials that the steps he had taken were part of the implementation of the constitution and met a popular will in light of the political, economic and social crises and endemic corruption and bribery.