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Tunisia: Ennahda blames authorities for economic crises

Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahda Movement and Speaker of the dissolved Tunisian Parliament is seen during an exclusive interview in Tunis, Tunisia on 29 April 2022. [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]
Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the Ennahda Movement and Speaker of the dissolved Tunisian Parliament is seen during an exclusive interview in Tunis, Tunisia on 29 April 2022. [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

Tunisia's Ennahda Movement has blamed the country's authorities for failing to face off the wave of price hikes for basic commodities in the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Ennahda blamed the authorities for the lack of many basic food commodities on the market and the lack of will to take pre-emptive measures to end the shortages of milk, potatoes, sugar, oil, coffee and other basic goods.

Ennahda condemned the authorities for insisting on blaming unidentified parties for the crises in the country in an attempt to blame opposition parties. "However, everyone knows that the state's institutions do not afford the needed goods due to the lack of needed financial credits," according to Ennahda.

READ: Tunisia: Pro-Saied party calls for including military in gov't

Ennahda warned of the dangers of the increasing deterioration of the economic, social and financial crises and their consequences on citizens.

The movement stressed that it would continue its work alongside all political parties to resolve the political crises.

On Wednesday, the US Embassy in Tunis quoted US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Barbara Leaf stressing that the US-Tunisia partnership is strongest when there is a shared commitment to democracy and human rights.

Leaf stressed the importance of implementing economic reforms that will lead to equal measures of prosperity for all Tunisians.

Responding to this, Tunisian President Kais Saied called on US authorities to hear from Tunisian counterparts to find out the reality of his country's economic and social conditions.

However, Leaf's remarks came following a meeting with him at Carthage Palace on Tuesday, where Saied reiterated Tunis's adherence to its sovereignty and rejected any intervention in its internal affairs.

On 25 July, 2021, Saied issued an emergency declaration firing the prime minister, freezing the parliament for thirty days and assuming all executive power. He then dissolved the parliament and nominated his own government, ignoring the parliamentarian majority.

READ: Saied calls on US authorities to listen to their counterparts in Tunisia to know the facts

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