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Ex-Tunisia PM: UAE 'sabotaging democracy'

Former Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali
Former Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali [File photo]

The UAE is “sabotaging democracy in Tunisia”, the country’s former prime minister Hamadi Jebali said in an interview on Thursday, hinting that it was involved in the assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid in 2013.

The former head of the Ennahda party said in an interview on Radio Med that “the UAE worked to overthrow Ennahda Party and thwart the Tunisian revolution,” stressing that “it targeted Tunisia because only Tunisia stood firm and achieved freedom and democracy.”

“The UAE allocates huge funds to prevent Tunisian democracy and thwart the revolution,” he said, adding:

Look at the role of the UAE in destroying Syria, Yemen and Libya. It targeted Tunisia, which, alone, has remained an effective barrier against sabotage.

He said “foreign parties” were involved  in the assassination of the leader of the Democratic Patriots Party and the opposition Popular Front Chokri Belaid in 2013, saying: “Look for the role of the UAE.”

Jebali pointed out that “the UAE stands against freedom, change and revolution everywhere, and it is against all these values ​​and principles, and always works to thwart them.”

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