Tunisia’s Saied appoints new govt 11 weeks after power grab

TUNIS – Tunisia’s President Kais Saied on Monday appointed a new government by decree, 11 weeks after he fired the last one. “The president of the Republic has issued a decree naming the head of government and its members,” the presidency said in a statement, shortly before state television broadcast a swearing-in ceremony.

Saied sacked the prime minister, suspended parliament and granted himself judicial powers in a July 25 power grab that opponents have termed a coup. 

 The new government is headed by Najla Bouden, the North African country’s first ever female prime minister, although Saied has significantly pared back the powers of her office and will technically head the administration himself.

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