Tunisia’s president names country’s first woman prime minister

29 September 2021, 13:44

Tunisia
Tunisia. Picture: PA

The president’s surprise move follows the sacking of the previous premier and suspension of parliament.

Tunisia’s president named the country’s first female prime minister, appointing her to lead a transitional government after her predecessor was sacked and parliament suspended.

President Kais Saied named Raoudha Boudent Ramadhane, a 63-year-old professor at a prestigious engineering school, to the prime minister’s post in a surprise decision.

The president’s office said in a statement that Mr Saied instructed the new prime minister to name a new Cabinet as soon as possible.

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied welcomes newly named prime minister Raoudha Boudent Ramadhane (Slim Abid/AP)
Tunisia’s President Kais Saied welcomes newly named prime minister Raoudha Boudent Ramadhane (Slim Abid/AP)

Tunisia has had no prime minister and has been in limbo since Mr Saied froze the parliament and seized executive powers on July 25.

The move notably sidelined the Islamist party that dominated parliament, and critics denounced it as a coup that threatens Tunisia’s young democracy.

Mr Saied said it was necessary to save the country from economic and social crisis.

By Press Association

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