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CAIR Cautions Biden Administration Against ‘Wait and See’ Attitude on Tunisian Democracy

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/26/21) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today cautioned the Biden administration against adopting a “wait and see” attitude on current threats to democracy in Tunisia similar to those faced by Egypt in 2013 and Turkey in 2016.

On Sunday, Tunisian President Kais Saied dismissed the prime minister and froze activities of that nation’s parliament, leading to accusations of a coup.

SEE: Factbox-Reactions to Tunisia’s Democratic Crisis

https://www.reuters.com/article/tunisia-politics-reaction/factbox-reactions-to-tunisias-democratic-crisis-idUSL1N2P21D9

Tunisian President Kais Saied orders night curfew from Monday to Aug. 27

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-tunisian-lawyers-politicians-split-on-constitutional-crisis-after/

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“We urge President Biden and the State Department not to adopt the same ‘wait and see’ attitude about the ongoing threat to democracy in Tunisia that we witnessed when Turkey was targeted by a violent coup attempt in 2016 and when the first democratically-elected government of Egypt was violently overthrown in 2013. Complacency about attacks on democracy inevitably result in less freedom and more authoritarian rule.”

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.     

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com 

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