Tunisian President Kais Said has appointed Najla Bouden Romdhane, a senior official from the Department of Higher Education and Scientific Research, as Prime Minister on Wednesday, who becomes the first woman to hold this position – vacant for two months – in the history of the country.
In a brief statement from the Presidency, the president declared that his decision is part of the exceptional measures announced on September 22, which include the suspension of almost all of the 2014 Constitution and, therefore, the legislative and executive power. According to this source, the new person in charge will be in charge of forming a new government “as soon as possible.”
Romdhane, 63, held the position of general director of the “Promesa” project, with the aim of modernizing higher education, and a decade earlier she was appointed director general in charge of the quality of said ministry. In 2015 he also worked as head of the cabinet of the Minister of Education.
The political class, civil society and the international community have denounced the danger posed by the absolute power of the president since last July 25 he removed the prime minister, suspended the Assembly and the parliamentary immunity of its 217 members.
In power since the end of 2019, Said decreed the state of emergency indefinitely and granted himself full powers invoking the application of Article 80 of the Constitution, which allows him to assume exceptional powers in the event of a “threat” to the country.
An initiative described by most formations as a “coup” while others consider it to be a “rectification” of the 2011 revolution that ended the two decades of dictatorship of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.