Tunisian President Appoints First Female PM

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied meets with newly appointed Prime Minister Najla Bouden Romdhane, in Tunis, Tunisia September 29, 2021. Tunisian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

Tunisian President, Kais Saied has appointed Najla Bouden Romdhane as the first female prime minister in his country to form a new government.

Addressing the new head of government, Saied announced that he decided to entrust her with forming a new government given the exceptional situation the country is going through.

“You are the first female head of government in the history of our nation,” Saied said.

While noting that the main priorities of the new government include fighting against corruption, protecting and promoting people’s fundamental rights, Saied added that he hoped she will manage to propose the composition of the government in the coming hours or days, in accordance with the provisions of the last exceptional measures. .

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Born in 1958, the newly elected prime minister was an academic at the National Engineering School of Tunis and held the post of World Bank Program Execution Officer at the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

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