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Economist Najla Buden, the first woman to reach a head of government in the Arab world




The Tunisian President, Kais Saied, has commissioned for the first time the formation of a government to a woman, Najla Buden, two months after having dismissed the previous cabinet, announced this Wednesday the presidency of the North African country. Buden, practically unknown in the public sphere, has been “in charge of forming a government as soon as possible,” the presidency said in a statement. It thus becomes the first woman to reach the head of government in Tunisia and in the Arab world.

Born in 1958, a scientist by training, Buden is about the same age as President Saied and hails from the city of Kairuan (center-east).

The powers of the head of government have been considerably diminished because of the “Exceptional measures” taken by Saied on September 22, which involve the suspension of key articles of the Constitution.

The presidency released a video in which Saied receives Buden in his office and gives him instructions for the formation of a new government, which he must present “in the next few hours or days.”

Saied has insisted on the “historical” character of the appointment of a woman to lead the Tunisian government. «It is an honor for Tunisia and a tribute to Tunisian women, “he stressed.

The main objective of this future government will be “to put an end to the corruption and chaos that is spreading in many state institutions.”

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The presidential decree promulgated on September 22 made official the coup of force given on July 25 by President Saied, who assumed full powers after removing the prime minister, paralyzing parliament and assuming control of the judiciary.

In hiding behind the “exceptional measures” taken during the time it takes to carry out a series of “political reforms”, the head of state, who holds the executive power, also presides over the Council of Ministers.

The measures imposed on September 22 also provide for continuing parliamentary inactivity and for the president to legislate through decrees.

Before her surprising appointment, Najla Buden was the director of a higher education reform project.

Previously, this doctor in Geology had been general director of the Ministry of Higher Education.

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