Didier Reynders condemns the murder of Mohamed Brahmi in Tunisia

date: 26 July 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the murder of Mohamed Brahmi, a representative of the Front Populaire political party, in Tunisia on Thursday, 25 July 2013. This cowardly act was perpetrated in Tunis on Republic Day. The Minister expresses his condolences to the family and friends of Mohamed Brahmi, as well as the leaders and members of his party.

Didier Reynders backs the call of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the Tunisian authorities to quickly shed light on this murder and that of Chokri Belaïd, who was killed on 6 February 2013 but whose assailants have not yet been arrested or charged.

Minister Reynders continues to believe in the ability of Tunisia and Tunisian society to deal with the gruesome events of 25 July in a peaceful manner. He also believes that Tunisia and Tunisians can continue to work through a consensus-based approach to further advance and complete the democratic transition process, for example by approving a new constitution that meets the expectations of the Tunisian people.

As a result of the murder of Mohamed Brahmi and the ensuing tensions in various Tunisian cities, travellers are asked to exercise caution and avoid demonstrations and large public gatherings. Tourists are also advised to stay inside tourist zones.