Tunisia gets new government, record number of women appointments


Tunis: Tunisia received a new government on Monday after more than two months, with the prime minister naming his cabinet, which also included a record number of women.

The ministerial appointments announced by Prime Minister Najla Bouden filled a void that President Kais Said abruptly dismissed his former cabinet and suspended parliament 11 weeks ago, concentrating all executive powers. His critics and constitutional lawyers have compared his actions to a coup.

Bouden, named by Sayed as Tunisia’s first female prime minister on 29 September, said during the swearing-in ceremony of her new ministers that her main priority would be to fight corruption.

The new cabinet has an unprecedented 10 women, including the prime minister. These include the new Leila Jaffel in the Ministry of Justice and the re-appointed Sihem Baughadiri Nemseya as Minister of Finance.

Saeed had earlier promised a new government for July.

But then he partially suspended the constitution on 22 September and gave himself the power to govern by decree. He has argued that pandemic-hit Tunisia is in crisis and the measures are temporary.

In recent weeks, thousands of people have drawn in support and opposition to Syed.

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