U.S. deeply concerned by Tunisian president's move to dissolve parliament

FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators hold placards and Tunisian national flags during a protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers, in Tunis, Tunisia March 20, 2022. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday said Washington is deeply concerned by Tunisian President Kais Saied’s move to dissolve parliament, which has been suspended since last year, after it defied him by voting to repeal decrees that he used to assume near total power.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters the United States has consistently communicated to Tunisian officials that any political reform process should be transparent and inclusive.

Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Simon Lewis and Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Chris Reese