Tunisia president names country’s first female PM

Najla Bouden (Photo: Jordan News)
TUNIS — Tunisia’s president on Wednesday named geologist Najla Bouden as the country’s first ever female prime minister-designate, two months after he seized wide-ranging powers.اضافة اعلان

“The President of the Republic Kais Saied charged Najla Bouden with forming a government as quickly as possible,” said a statement from his office published on Facebook.

Saied on July 25 sacked the government of Hichem Mechichi, suspended parliament, lifted MPs’ immunity and took over the judiciary, after months of political deadlock in the face of a pressing economic crisis and mounting coronavirus deaths.

He followed up last week with moves allowing him to rule by decree.
He has faced repeated calls to name a government.

Saied’s office published a video of him meeting Bouden in his office and charging her with presenting a cabinet “in the coming hours or days”.
He repeatedly emphasized the “historic” nature of the nomination of a woman, calling it “an honor for Tunisia and a homage to Tunisian women”.

Saied said the new government’s main mission would be to “put an end to the corruption and chaos that have spread throughout many state institutions”.
Bouden will be the Tunisia’s 10th prime minister since a 2011 uprising overthrew longtime dictator Zine El Abedine Ben Ali, sparking the Arab Spring revolts.

The country has won international plaudits for its transition but many Tunisians have seen little improvement in their lives and have become disillusioned.

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