Najla Bouden Romdhane was appointed prime minister on Wednesday. An engineer with experience at the World Bank will be the country’s tenth prime minister since 2011 and the first woman to hold this position.
Tunisian President Kais Saied has appointed Najla Bouden Romdhane, an engineer with experience at the World Bank, as Prime Minister of the country. In a material published on the web, Saied admitted that this choice “is to honor Tunisian women.” The president called on the new prime minister to form a government quickly because “we have already lost too much time”.
Bouden Romdhane will be the 10th Prime Minister of the country since 2011, in which dictator Zin Al-Abidin Ben Ali was overthrown. In previous governments, she held high positions in the Ministry of Higher Education.
Tunisia’s new prime minister comes from Cairo, a city south of Tunis. He is a geologist educated in France and a lecturer at the national engineering school located in the capital.
Difficult political situation in Tunisia
The decision to appoint her was made two months after the president took almost full power, which Saied’s opponents call a coup d’état. Kais Saied dismissed Prime Minister Hisham Meshishi on July 25, suspended parliament and seized executive power in the country. Last week, he announced that he intended to only partially comply with the constitution in force since 2014. The Tunisian president has come under increasing pressure from leading Tunisian politicians, some citizens and Western donors. Critics warned against the threat of the democratic achievements of the 2011 revolution.
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