Tunisia – In a first for the Arab world, the Tunisian president announces Najla Bouden Ramadhane to be the next Prime Minister of the country. Amid the turbulent situation in the country, president Kais Saied had sacked the previous government and two months later announced Bouden to hold the office.
The president was seen acknowledging the historic moment for the Arab world as he said that it is an honor for Tunisia and Yunisan women that the first female Prime Minister has come out of Tunisia. “This is the first time in the history of Tunisia that a woman has led a government,” Saied said
Saied had dismissed the Tunisia administration in July citing economic reasons. He had said that these are temporary measures that are being taken to tackle the country’s economic worries and also deal with the ongoing pandemic.
However, the local media reports suggest, Saied has been pushing for more unilateral power, which has been greatly opposed by the opposition parties. Experts were surprised at the decision especially because the time of selection of a new Prime Minister is challenging the ongoing crisis of the country.
Romdhan will have a tough time handling the situation and will have to start with first organising the orders and affairs of the nation. The 63-year-old is a university engineer with World Bank experience. She also teached geosciences at the National Engineering School in Tunis.
Currently she holds the position of director-general in charge of quality at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, where she is overseeing the programmes prompted by the World Bank.
Since July, whatever the president has announced has been labeled as an attempted coup on the nation. After he froze all the activities of the parliament which was led by the moderate Islamist Ennahda party things drastically started deteriorating. The president had stressed that he was capable of controlling the government himself even with the pandemic.
The pandemic has made the economy of Tunisia worse than it already was, just like it did for most other nations. The Tunisian economy has been still for a long time and the continuous political infighting also did not help. On Wednesday, as he positioned Ramadhane as the Prime Minister of Tunisia, Saied said, “We will work on ending corruption and chaos that has taken over the country’s institutions … we have wasted a lot of time.”