Egypt welcomes naming of Tunisia’s new PM Najla Bouden

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 Sep 2021

​Egypt welcomed on Thursday Tunisia’s assignment of Najla Bouden as the Prime Minister of the country, renewing its support to Tunisian President Kais Saied’s vision to meet the Tunisian people’s aspirations.

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Tunisian presidency, newly named Prime Minister Najla Bouden Ramadhane poses for the media Wednesday, Sept.29, 2021 in Tunis. AP

Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez congratulated Tunisia on this occasion, hailing the step as the country’s “movement towards the future under the wise national leadership of President Kais Saied,” a statement by the ministry read.

The spokesman reiterated Egypt’s support to Saied’s decision “that seeks to achieve stability and security, meet the will of the brotherly Tunisian people, and preserve their resources,” the statement added.

Bouden, a 63-year-old geophysics university professor, was assigned as the prime minister of Tunisia on Wednesday.

She is the first to be given the post since Saied sacked the government of Hichem Mechichi and suspended the activities of parliament late in July.

Egypt has repeatedly affirmed its support to Saied in the wake of his actions in July, calling them “historic” and reiterating its trust in Saied’s “wise leadership.”

In a meeting with Saied early in August in Tunisia’s capital, Shoukry said that Saied’s decision “aims to fulfil the will of his people and guarantee the stability of his country and its best interests,” a statement by the Tunisian presidency read.

Bouden’s appointment as Tunisia’s first ever female prime minister has been internationally welcomed.

She has served in high-profile academic posts, the most notable of which was her stint as an implementation officer of the World Bank’s programme at Tunisia’s higher education ministry.

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