Rep. Bass Statement on the Dismissal of the Government in Tunisia
"I am discouraged by the recent actions of President Kais Saied to dissolve the government and dismiss Parliament. If this is a reaction to protests by the people of Tunisia, this is troubling and imperils Tunisia’s fledgling democracy. In 2011, Tunisia emerged from the Arab Spring as a more democratic and representative country, but there has been an escalating pattern toward democratic backsliding. Slow democratic reforms, a crumbling economy, and a global slowdown due to the COVID19 pandemic have frustrated the people of Tunisia. I urge President Saied to seek a peaceful solution and to refrain from any other action that will further strain Tunisia’s democracy. I support the international community in calling for calm from all sides, but President Saied must provide an environment where people can use their voice and protest peacefully."