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Tunisian president names 1st female PM in country’s history

Tunis, Sep 29 (EFE).- Tunisia’s president Kais Saied on Wednesday named Najla Bouden Romdhane as the first female prime minister in the country’s history.

Romdhane is a senior official at the Department of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The decision is part of the exceptional measures announced on September 22, which include the almost complete suspension of the 2014 Constitution, the presidency said in a brief statement.

The 63-year-old will be in charge of forming a new government “as soon as possible,” the statement added.

On 25 July, Saied sacked the prime minister, suspended Parliament and lifted the parliamentary immunity of its 217 members, drawing criticism from the political class, civil society and the international community.

Saied decreed the state of emergency and granted himself full powers invoking Article 80 of the Constitution, which allows him to assume exceptional powers in the event of a “threat” to the country.

The move was described by most formations as a “coup” while others consider it to be a “rectification” of the 2011 uprising that ended the two-decade rule of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. EFE


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