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Newsline: Tunisia summons Turkish envoy

Tunisia has summoned Turkey’s ambassador after the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised his counterpart for dissolving Parliament. In a statement released on Tuesday evening, Tunisia’s President Kais Saied told foreign minister Othman Jarandi that he rejected “all interference in any form” in Tunisian affairs, without directly mentioning Erdogan. Saied, who since July has been seizing wide-ranging powers, sacked the assembly last week, eight months after suspending it in a blow against the democratic system born out of the country’s 2011 uprising. On Monday, Erdogan had criticised Saied’s latest move as a “blow to the will of the Tunisian people” and a “smear on democracy”. The Tunisian foreign ministry issued a statement on Tuesday voicing “surprise” at Erdogan’s comments, which it called “unacceptable interference” in Tunisian domestic affairs. (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/4/6/tunisia-summons-turkish-ambassador-over-interference) On Wednesday morning, the ministry said Jarandi had spoken by telephone with Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and summoned Ankara’s ambassador in protest. Tunisia’s fragmented Parliament has long been dominated by Ennahdha, a party close to Erdogan’s ruling AKP Party and a bitter foe of Saied.

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