More than two months after the overthrow of Prime Minister Hicham Al-Mashichi, Tunisian President Kais Saied appointed Prime Minister. The presidency said on Wednesday that Najla Bouden Ramadan must now form a new government urgently. Ramadan is the first woman in the history of Tunisia to hold the position of head of government. The 59-year-old professor of geology previously worked, among other things, as a consultant at the Ministry of Education.
Despite regular statements that he would soon take over the position of prime minister, it took Saeed a long time to actually implement it. But recently, pressure has been mounting on the president to finally pave the way for the formation of a new government.
And at the weekend, thousands protested against him in the center of the capital, Tunis. The country’s largest federation with hundreds of thousands of members also recently warned against Said’s expansion of his powers. This is a danger to democracy. The United States has also repeatedly insisted on forming a government.
As the new head of government, Ramadan set himself one goal above all: “Our main task will be to fight corruption,” she wrote on Twitter. Corruption is widespread in Tunisia. Many members of Parliament, particularly from the Islamist Ennahda party, are considered vulnerable to corruption.
At the end of July, after a month-long power struggle with the government and parliament, the head of state ousted Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashishi and suspended parliament. He also announced a week ago that he will rule by decree and change the articles of the constitution that regulate the powers of the legislative and executive authorities. In doing so, it paves the way for the expansion of his powers.
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