Tunisia is once again on the path towards autocracy after a decade-long, genuine democracy-building process. The country’s democracy is once again at a dangerous crossroads. After the dissolution of the parliament and the Supreme Judicial Council, President Kais Saied is trying to force the adoption of a new constitution following a highly contested referendum. Although various political parties and forces have sought to challenge the president’s decisions, they are too fragmented to effectively present any real challenge. The Tunisian General Labour Union and the Ennahdha party are only two forces that have some capacity to provide meaningful resistance against Saied’s autocratic regime. Pray for Tunisia that has suffered for long years without dynamic and caring leaders to seek God and receive new democratic leaders (The Bible, Psalm 105:9).
A Cambodian opposition politician, Son Chay, who spoke out publicly about the unfair and unjust local elections in June has been charged with defamation. The Election Commission demanded a public apology while the ruling party is asking for $1 million compensation. Pray that this kind of unrighteous and abusive leadership will be uprooted from Cambodia. Pray that the old regime will be removed from power, and a new beginning must surely come to Cambodia. Pray that the Church too will experience a new beginning in its growth and strengthening (The Bible, Isaiah 35:3-4).