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New Tunisian government to focus on fighting corruption

Eleven weeks after the dismissal of the previous government, Tunisia finally has a new government (photo: Tunisian Presidency)
Eleven weeks after the dismissal of the previous government, Tunisia finally has a new government (photo: Tunisian Presidency)
TUNISIA. Kaïs Saïed had announced on Saturday 9 October 2021, a new government in the coming hours, the team was finally unveiled Monday 11 October 2021. Appointed Prime Minister on 29 September 2021, Najla Bouden was sworn in by the Tunisian President, the day after an opposition demonstration protesting against the coup de force of Kaïs Saïed who assumed full powers by a decree dated 22 September 2021.

The new government of twenty-five members (including nine women in addition to its head) succeeds the previous one of Hichem Mechichi, who was dismissed at the end of July 2021 at the same time as the Assembly of People's Representatives (ARP - the Tunisian Parliament) was put in parenthesis. It includes only two of the former ministers: Othman Jarandi in Foreign Affairs and Fethi Selouati in Education. At the Interior, it is a return of Taoufik Charfeddine, a close friend of the president, dismissed by Hichem Mechichi.

A banker, Samir Said is appointed to the Economy and Planning. And two women inherited the very important ministries of Justice and Finance occupied respectively by Leïla Jaffel and Sihem Boughdiri.

Kaïs Saïed alone in charge

The head of government, the first female Prime Minister in Tunisia and in the Arab world, announced during her swearing in at the Palace of Carthage that her priority will be "the fight against corruption". Also on the agenda is the economic recovery of the country which is trying to obtain a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The academic Najla Bouden (63) and her team will not have free rein. Their prerogatives will be reduced. It is Kaïs Saïed who will chair the Council of Ministers and thus hold the executive power.

The new Tunisian government

Head of Government: Najla Bouden Ramadan

Minister of Justice: Leïla Jaffel

Minister of National Defence: Imed Memmich

Minister of the Interior: Taoufik Charfeddine

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad: Othman Jerandi

Minister of Finance: Sihem Boughdiri Nemsia

Minister of Economy and Planning: Samir Said

Minister of Social Affairs: Malek Zahi

Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy: Neila Nouira Gongi

Minister of Trade and Export Promotion: Fadhila Rebhi Ben Hamza

Minister of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries: Mahmoud Elyes Hamza

Minister of Health: Ali Mrabet

Minister of Education: Fethi Sellaouati

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research: Moncef Boukthir

Minister of Youth and Sports: Kamel Deguiche

Minister of Communication Technologies: Nizar Ben Neji

Minister of Transport: Rabi Majidi

Minister of Equipment and Housing: Sarra Zaafrani Zenzri

Minister of State Domains and Land Affairs: Mohamed Rekik

Minister of the Environment : Leila Chikhaoui

Minister of Tourism: Mohamed Moez Belhassine

Minister of Religious Affairs: Ibrahim Chaibi

Minister of Family, Women, Children and the Elderly : Amel Bel Haj

Minister of Cultural Affairs: Hayet Ketat Guermazi

Minister of Employment and Professional Training: Nasreddine Nsibi

Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, in charge of International Cooperation: Aïda Hamdi

Eric Apim

Thursday, October 14th 2021

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