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Tunisian MP attacks Saudi and UAE for meddling in Tunisian elections

Tunisian MP Al-Alawi criticised Saudi Arabia and the UAE in a parliamentary session [Twitter]

Date of publication: 5 June, 2020

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Tunisian parliamentarian Abdul Latif Al-Alawi slammed Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over their foreign policy.
Tunisian parliamentarian Abdul Latif Al-Alawi attacked Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for what he described as meddling in Tunisia's internal affairs.

Al-Alawi, who is a member of Tunisia's Dignity (Al-Karama) Coalition, attacked Saudi Arabia and the UAE in a Thursday parliamentary session that discussed the situation in Libya, Arabi21 reported.

"We did not interfere in your elections, so why do you stick your noses in our affairs? Why do you interfere in our elections?" he asked.

"When will you be stop being entertained by our blood? The blood of our Arab brothers in Yemen? The tens of thousands which you crush under cement?" he added.

A US-backed Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen's civil war in 2015, launching a destructive air campaign to dislodge the Houthi rebels while imposing a land, sea and air embargo on Yemen.

A video of Alawi's speech was shared widely on Tunisian social media, with many praising his speech.

He continued: "Our brothers in Syria, the thousands which are killed with your money. The thousands in Libya, in Tripoli, which has been bombed for more than a year."

Libya, which neighbours Tunisia, has been in turmoil since 2011, when a civil war toppled long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The country has since split between rival administrations in the east and the west, each backed by armed groups.

Last year, the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) of rogue General Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to seize Tripoli from the internationally-recognised Governmnet of National Accord (GNA).

Haftar receives backing from Russia, UAE, Saudi Arabia and other countries.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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