Consists of 24 ministers
Tunisian President Kais Saied on Monday approved a decree appointing the country’s new government, which consists of 23 members and is headed by Najla Buden Romdhane, the first woman to hold the post of prime minister of the country.
“The President, Kais Saied, issues a presidential decree in which the head of government and his members are named,” said the Tunisian presidency in a short message on their Twitter account. Then there was a ceremony where everyone swore their positions.
Romdhane unveiled a cabinet of 21 ministers and a foreign minister – with a total of nine women – after more than a week of talks after Saied himself had received the mandate.
The new executive has Imed Memich for Defense, Taufik Charfedine for Interior, Ozman Yerandi for Foreign, Laila Jafel for Justice, Sihem Buqridiri for Finance and Samir Saied for Business among the most outstanding portfolios.
Malek Zahi has also been appointed Minister of Social Affairs, Neyla Nuira Gonji has been appointed Minister of Industry, Fadhila Rabhi will become Minister of Commerce, Alí Marbet will be in charge of health and Fazi Selauti will be responsible for education. according to the Tunisian radio station Mosaique FM.
On the other hand, the higher education portfolio has been handed over to Moncef Bujtir, the youth and sports portfolio has passed into the hands of Kamel Dgich, the transport portfolio is headed by Rabii Myidi, Amel Belhadj will be in charge of women’s affairs and Nizar ben Yeni has been named the Ministry of Technology instructed.
They are joined by Sarah Zaafrani as Minister of Equipment and Habitat, Mohamed Rekik for Land Affairs, Mohamed Aziz ben Hasine for Tourism, Mohamed Chaybi for Religious Affairs and Hayet Guermazi and Cultural Affairs. For her part, Ayda Hamdi will become State Secretary for Foreign Affairs.
Romdhane herself emphasized in her inaugural address that one of her main goals would be “to restore the citizens’ trust in the Tunisian state and abroad” and “to fight corruption, which is getting worse every day, and to give Tunisians back hope for a better future”.
With this in mind, he stressed that his board of directors will attach great importance to economic reactivation and the improvement of the living conditions of the citizens. “This government will stand up for the interests of the country and the people and be open to all parties,” he added.
SAIED CALLS FOR “A TRUE NATIONAL DIALOGUE”
For his part, the Tunisian President said in a speech at the inauguration that a framework for “real national dialogue” would be created in the coming days, as various parties expressed their intention to seize power and not dispose of the political formations, complained.
Saied has revealed that it will be “a national dialogue involving young people from all regions and all Tunisians in order to complete the revolution and end the rectification and liberation process” before refusing to decide when extraordinary measures will be decided in June.
“We will remain in the exception as long as there is danger in parliament and other institutions. We will persecute the corrupt and return the people’s money,” he said before recognizing the existence of a “difficult and challenging context”.
For this reason, he stressed that the goal is “to save the state from those who infiltrate and think the posts have yet to be shared”. “We will succeed in getting the country open to all out of the crisis,” he said, as the state-run Tunisian news agency TAP announced.
Saied also justified the delay in the appointment of the new government, stressing that it was due to the existence of a regime dedicated to pressure on groups at the expense of the interests of the people, and again defended his decision to suspend the prime minister Houses of Parliament.
“I made my decision after trying by all possible means that reason was in vain,” said the president, who also criticized the judiciary and parliament and the existence of foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs.
TERMINATION OF THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT
The inauguration came less than a week after Saied asked the prime minister to form a government to respond to popular demands, stressing that the country was at a “historic moment”.
The formation of the new executive comes about three months after Saied ordered the suspension of parliament and dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi as part of a series of extraordinary measures to take over any powers that sparked complaints of a coup in the country.
The Tunisian President then reiterated that his decision was a reaction to the previous days’ mobilizations against the management of the pandemic, corruption and the severe economic crisis and defended at all times that it was based on the constitution.
Although the Tunisian constitution does not allow the dissolution of parliament, it advocates suspending its functions for a period of 30 days. The president’s subsequent actions, including several extensions of these measures, were condemned by the country’s main party, the Islamist Ennahda, which called for an end to the exceptional measures.