After a long standstill: Tunisia has a government again

NAfter two and a half months, Tunisia has a new government again. On Monday, the cabinet of Prime Minister Najla Bouden, who has only been in office since the end of September, was sworn in in Tunis. After her predecessor was sacked in July, the pressure on President Kaïs Saïed to set up a new government had grown. After being sworn in on Monday, she will not have to undergo a vote by Parliament, the activity of which the President has suspended; He also lifted the political immunity of the MPs. The new cabinet of the non-party geologist, who is the first head of government in the North African country, has 24 members; eight of them are women. In several key ministries, however, nothing happened: Najla Bouden kept the ministers appointed by Saïed for finance, foreign affairs and health in their posts.

In addition, Interior Minister Taoufik Charfeddine, who was dismissed in January and is close to the President, returned to his post. The Prime Minister said she wanted to give the country new hope and the fight against corruption as a priority. Boudens political leeway is limited by the far-reaching powers that the president had previously given himself; the government is directly subordinate to Kaïs Saïed, who can enact laws himself. In Tunis, thousands again demonstrated against his emergency measures on Sunday. According to estimates, there were up to 7,000 people, according to the Islamist Ennahda party, it was 100,000.

Journalists complained about attacks by a massive deployment of the security forces who used tear gas. Former President Moncef Marzouki called on France to intervene in Tunisia to end the president’s “coup”. At the weekend, the authorities lifted the house arrest of several politicians. Among them were the former head of the anti-corruption agency INLUCC and two Islamists.

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