Tunisia names first woman prime minister

AFP , Wednesday 29 Sep 2021

Tunisia's president on Wednesday named the country's first female prime minister, appointing her to lead a transitional government after her predecessor was sacked and parliament suspended.

President Kais Saied (L) and Najla Bouden
President Kais Saied (L) and Najla Bouden during a meeting in the capital Tunis on September 29, 2021 -Tunisia s president named Najla Bouden as the country s first ever female prime minister and tasked her with forming a government, two months after he grabbed power. AFP

President Kais Saied named Raoudha Boudent Ramadhane, a 63-year-old professor at a prestigious engineering school, to the prime minister's post in a surprise decision.

The president's office said in a statement that Saied instructed the new prime minister to name a new Cabinet as soon as possible.

Tunisia has had no prime minister since Saied froze the parliament and seized executive powers on July 25.

Saied said it was necessary to save the country from economic and social crisis.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online. 

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