The Washington Post

Leader rejects Western ‘interferen­ce’

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Tunisian President Kais Saied said Friday that he rejected “any form of foreign interferen­ce” after several Western countries raised concerns over Tunisia’s democracy amid his increasing political control.

A year after Saied moved to shut down the elected parliament and start ruling by decree, he introduced a new constituti­on this week that gives him far more power, and that was endorsed Monday.

In a meeting with his foreign minister, Saied affirmed “the independen­ce of the national decision and his rejection of any form of interferen­ce in national affairs,” a statement on the presidenti­al Facebook page said.

Several Western nations have expressed concern over political developmen­ts in Tunisia, notably the United States.

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