Tunis/Tunisia — President Kaïs Saïed has decided to appoint Ridha Gharsallaoui as the new Interior Minister.
Ridha Gharsallaoui was sworn in before President Kaïs Saïed on Thursday, in accordance with Article 89 of the Constitution, the Presidency of the Republic said.
During the swearing-in ceremony, President Said addressed a message of confidence to Tunisians and the international community, reiterating his firm commitment to the provisions of the Constitution, the supremacy of the law, the values of freedoms and the principles of human rights.
In this regard, he noted that in recent days no one has been imprisoned or deprived of his rights. No arrests have been made and no violation of the law has been recorded by the authorities, he said. "The law is applied to all equally.
Addressing Righa Gharsallaoui, he called on him to ensure security and "the continuity of the state in this delicate phase", wishing him every success in his mission at the head of the Ministry of the Interior.
I remind everyone that "the State is not a marionette whose strings are pulled behind a curtain". "The state is embodied by institutions that work in the service of citizens and their interests, within the framework of the Constitution and the law.
"There is no question of dividing the state, of crumbling it or of undermining it from within. "Let's stop abusing the country," he said.
On July 25, I was obliged to take exceptional measures to preserve rights and freedoms and to guarantee the continuity of the state," he said.
He thanked the officers of the Ministry of the Interior, the true patriots who are deeply convinced that "Tunisia is above all".
He concluded: "We draw our strength to move forward from the confidence that Tunisians have placed in us."