100 million aid for a promise of a return to democracy.
Germany announced the imminent disbursement of aid to Tunisia, saying it had "taken this decision" in support of President Kais Saied's promise of a "return to constitutional order" and a restoration "of the democratic acquis”.
During a meeting with the Tunisian Minister of Finance, Sihem Boughdiri Nemsia, the German Ambassador, Peter Prügel, specified that the loan of 100 million euros intended for SMEs and agreed in 2020 would be "disbursed in the next days,” according to a statement from the German Embassy on its Facebook account.
According to the ambassador, "the decision was taken with the conviction that the roadmap of the president paved the way for the return to constitutional order and restored the democratic acquis in the country", according to the ambassador.
President Saied granted himself full powers
The ambassador recalled a declaration made on December 16 by the European Union, stressing "the importance of respect for human rights and the fundamental rights of Tunisians" and "to ensure the separation of powers and the of law in the country”.
Germany “is ready to continue to support the consolidation of Tunisian democracy” but it “is closely following the development of the situation in close cooperation with its European and international partners”, underlined Peter Prügel.
President Kais Saied, democratically elected at the end of 2019, argued multiple blockages to assume full powers on July 25, dismissing his Prime Minister and freezing Parliament.
Tunisia in search of funding
On December 13, he announced a roadmap providing for a national electronic consultation until March 20, before a referendum to amend the Constitution in July, and legislative elections in December.
Its opponents have denounced a coup d'etat and Tunisian and international NGOs have said they fear an authoritarian drift.
Saied said Thursday that "freedoms were guaranteed" in his country, also ensuring "to reject violence", six days after a demonstration of opponents brutally repressed by the police.
Tunisia, highly indebted, where growth is weak and unemployment very high (more than 18%), is seeking significant international funding, particularly from the IMF.
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