Saudi and UAE have involved in a coup attempt in Tunisia
The anger of the Tunisian people is due to many reasons, all of which are objective: deteriorating economic and social conditions.28 Juli 2021 18:46
Shamsuddin Naggaz, a Tunisian journalist and Chief Editor of Ilmondo news site. (Albalad.co)
Political crisis has erupted in Tunisia, the birthplace of Arab Revolution in 2011, since the Presiden Qais Said fired the primes minister dan freezed parliament.
According to Shamsuddin Naggaz, a Tunisian journalist and also Chief Editor of Ilmondo news site, what has been done by Qais was a coup attempt. But he stressed that efforts are still in early stage because it was rejected by the Tunisian national organisations to the side of the international positions calling for stability.
Naggaz recognized there is foreign interference by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against what is currently happening in Tunisia.
"There is certainly interference from these two countries alongside Egypt. Their previous attempts with President Beji Caid Essebsi to push him to overthrow Annahda were unsuccessful, but they found the way open for them this time, after urgent aid was provided to Tunisia to confront the virus," siad Shamsuddin Naggaz in an exclusive interview with Faisal Assegaf from Albalad.co via WhatsApp yesterday.
Why are the Tunisian people angry at the current government led by the Ennahda party?
The anger of the Tunisian people is due to many reasons, all of which are objective: deteriorating economic and social conditions. Corona virus outbreak and the epidemiological situation out of control. Corruption is rampant in all state institutions. Fighting and insults in parliament between representatives. All this and more caused great public anger against the Renaissance movement.
What has done by President Qais Said to dismiss the prime minister and freeze parliament was the correct procedure?
What happened in Tunisia is a full-fledged coup attempt, which has not succeeded 100% so far, and is still in its early stages. The dismissal of the prime minister, the freezing of parliament and the introduction of the army into political life, is a coup and has no other name.
And it is not a correct procedure, because reform can never be by transgressing the constitution, the law, and the force of arms.
Is there any interference from foreign countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE because they described the Annahda Party as being part of the Muslim Brotherhood?
There is certainly interference from these two countries alongside Egypt. Their previous attempts with President Beji Caid Essebsi to push him to overthrow Annahda were unsuccessful, but they found the way open for them this time, after urgent aid was provided to Tunisia to confront the virus.
Corona, along with promises of billions of dollars in grants, loans and deposits, if Qais Saeed succeeds in isolating the Annahda movement politically.
How much humanitarian aid pledged by Saudi Arabia and the UAE?
Yes, I said it in the answer. Humanitarian and medical aid and vaccination to counter the spread of the Corona virus.
The exact number?
I don't have the exact number because it's more than once.
Why do these three countries want to remove the Annahda Party from power?
Simply, because they are hostile to democracy and the democratic transition and is doctrinally opposed to the Annahda movement.
You said before that this is still an early stage of the coup attempt but President Qais imposed a 30-day curfew. What will happen next in your opinion?
Qais Said did not impose a curfew only for a day, but rather extended a state of emergency by six months in preparation for the announcement of the coup. It is at an early stage because it did not succeed in achieving all its goals due to the position rejecting that by the Tunisian national organizations to the side of the international positions calling for stability.
But the truth is that nothing is too comforting, because Qais Said is unpredictable.
So what will happen next?
The truth is, as I told you, the prediction is difficult, but it seems that a breakthrough will occur, in the hope of shedding blood and sparing the country from calamities.
What kind of settlement will be reached between Annahda and President Qais?
As I told you, I cannot expect anything now, the situation is ambiguous and the settlement will not be with the Ennahda movement, but with all the components of the political, union and social system in Tunisia
Do you think the United States will intervene as well?
The United States officially intervened through two statements, from the White House and the State Department, and called for dialogue and others to prevail.
Do you have any suggestion of who is the prime minister who has integrity and credibility and also can unite the Tunisian people and get the country out of the crisis?
The truth is, there are some names put forward, but it is not possible to be certain of them, and they are both Nizar Yaish and Tawfiq Sharaf al-Din, but only leaks remain, because the next prime minister will be consensual between the various parties that will be dialogued.
And who is the candidate that Saudi Arabia and the UAE will endorse?
There is no candidate approved by these two countries. They are far from controlling the Tunisian political scene. As I told you, the next name can't be expected.
But can Saudi Arabia and the UAE push their candidate using their aid and loans?
It is not possible because the situation in Tunisia is different from that of Egypt.
What about the loyalist of former President Ben Ali?
In a clearer sense?
I mean that Saudi Arabia and the UAE will push the candidate loyal to the late President Zine Ben Ali?
The issue of the Al-Mashishi caliphate has no income for Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Ben Ali, the truth can not expect anything as I told you.
Government forces raided Al Jazeera's office. Do you think your press office would also be targeted?
The truth is, everything is possible if this coup succeeds in achieving its goals, because Qais Saeed’s hostility to every free voice is not hidden from anyone.
Have you already received threats because you expressed your opposition to President Qais's actions?
Actually no, it is some regular harassment during field work, but if the coup succeeds, this necessarily means facing cases and perhaps military trials.
Do you have any affiliation with the Annahda Party or the Muslim Brotherhood and therefore object to the coup attempt?
I do not have the honor of belonging to any party, I am a journalist independent of all parties, and you can review my self-identification on my Twitter account to understand my approach and write it to the reader.