White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. REUTERS
The United States on Monday voiced alarm over the Tunisian president's sacking of the government and called on the birthplace of the Arab Spring to adhere to "democratic principles."
"We're concerned about the developments in Tunisia," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
"We are in touch at a senior level," she said, and "urge calm and support Tunisian efforts to move forward in line with democratic principles."
Tunisian President Kais Saied on Monday sacked the defence minister and the acting justice minister, a day after ousting the prime minister and suspending parliament.
A statement from the presidency announced the dismissals of Defence Minister Ibrahim Bartaji and acting justice minister Hasna Ben Slimane, who is also government spokeswoman.