Tunisia: Kais Saied to New York Times Journalists - There Is No Fear for Freedoms in Tunisia

Tunis/Tunisia — Tunisia, despite the crisis it is going through, remains concerned about guaranteeing and defending rights and freedoms and acting in strict compliance with the constitution, said Friday Kais Saied who received at Carthage Palace, journalists from the New York Times, adding that he wanted to refute the rumours spread by some media.

A meeting during which Kais Saied said he wanted to send a message to Tunisians and the world to affirm that there is no fear for freedom in Tunisia. "It is not at this age that I will start a career as a dictator," he continued, quoting Charles de Gaulle.

Saied, who returned to the exceptional measures announced last Sunday, said that this step was decided as a last resort to protect national institutions. "I hate the coups but even more the attempts to destroy the state from within.

All countries have recourse to exceptional measures in case of threats. And these measures were decided after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Speaker of Parliament, in accordance with Article 80 of the Constitution.

He added that it is rather the statements of some leaders who threaten to take to the streets that are contrary to the law.

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