The Tunisian parliament criticised Interior Minister Tawfiq Sharaf Eddine for accepting Tunisian citizens deported from France.
Osama Al-Khulaifi, head of the parliamentary bloc of the Heart of Tunisia party, said: “It seems that there is a systemic policy” to deport Tunisians from abroad, stressing: “This is very dangerous.”
Tunisian media reported Al-Khulaifi commenting on Sharaf Eddine’s remarks that the Constitution does not prevent accepting returnees, saying: “The Constitution accepts the voluntary return of Tunisians abroad, not accepting deportees.”
“We have a framework agreement between us and France, dating back to 2008, that organises the return of Tunisians, and whoever proves to be Tunisian is welcome in his country, according to the guarantees laid down by the Tunisian constitution in this regard,” Sharaf Eddine said.
Adding that this was dealt with on a case by case basis, not “mass deportation”.
He said this decision proves the “weakness” of President Kais Saied as his government could not stand up to external pressure.