In dramatic news, Tunisian president appoints country’s first female prime minister – apparently first female head of government in Arab League
Najla Bouden Romdhane tasked with fighting corruption and restoring hope during this tenuous time in the nation’s history
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by All Arab News Staff | September 30, 2021
Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Najla Bouden Romdhane (Photo: screenshot)
Tunisian President Kais bin Saied appointed a little-known engineer, Najla Bouden, as prime minister, making her the first female to fill the position in the history of Tunisia.
Bouden, 63, is also apparently the first woman appointed as head of government in an Arab League nation.
The new prime minister is a university professor specializing in geology and has no political affiliation. She is entering the position at a time when her country is in economic and political turmoil.
Saied tasked her with making the government’s priority to fight corruption and restore hope to Tunisians.
This is a first step in recovering Tunisia from the corruption that had characterized the government since before the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, Saied said. The Tunisian revolution brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power, but since the demands of the revolution were not achieved, the country remained in a state of unrest.
Saied froze the country’s parliament and seized executive powers on July 26, dismissing former Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashishi, who represents the Muslim Brotherhood. Many said that Saied’s actions were illegal.
However, the Tunisian president claimed he acted constitutionally and that he was responding to the demands of Tunisians who wanted a new government.
With this new government, however, Bouden will likely not have much power to yield.
A few days ago, demonstrations were initiated in Tunisia by some parties that were adversely affected by the dismissal of the government, most notably the Muslim Brotherhood. The demonstrators demanded that the Tunisian president reappoint the prime minister democratically so that the Tunisian revolution that erupted in 2011 would not lose what it had achieved.
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