AU closely monitoring situation in Tunisia

The African Union (AU) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has said that he is closely monitoring the situation in Tunisia.

“In this regard, he had a telephone conversation with the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.” The AU said in a statement.

The Chairperson expressed the commitment of the African Union Commission to the strict respect of the Tunisian constitution, the necessary maintenance of peace, the rejection of all forms of violence and the promotion of political dialogue to resolve the problems at hand.

He also expressed commitment to the need to respond to the legitimate aspirations of the Tunisian people, especially its Youth.

On Sunday evening, Tunisian President Kais Saied announced that he had removed Hichem Mechichi from the post of prime minister and suspended all activities of the Assembly of People’s Representatives, the parliament.

Saied also removed Minister of Defense Ibrahim Bartaji and Minister to the Head of Government in charge of the civil service and acting Minister of Justice Hasna Ben Slimane.