Tunisia, the first time of a female premier

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Tunisian President Kais Saied gave a Najla Bouden the task of forming the new government. She is the first woman in the country and the first in the Arab world. It is not a choice that came from the polls. The previous premier was dismissed in July and the work of the Parliament was suspended.

Who is Najla Bouden? She was born in 1958 a Qayrawan, a city that is home to the oldest mosque in the Maghreb and a Unesco site. He studied engineering. He is professor of Geology at the ENIT National School of Engineers of Tunis.

She held the position of Director General and Head of the Management Unit of the Higher Education Modernization Project in support of employment, PromESSE. She was Policy Officer in the Cabinet of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Chiheb Bouden, in 2015.

Abroad, he is co-chair of the World Advisory Group on Science and Technology of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. He has assignments at the World Bank. He has participated in various working groups and programs between North Africa and the Middle East.

It would be a government with a goal clearly indicated by the President of the Republic: the fight against corruption. The premier in charge on her official Twitter account defined the assignment entrusted to her as an honor and added: “We ask God to be successful.”

“I am honored to be the first woman to occupy the position of prime minister in Tunisia, I will work to form a coherent government that tackles the country’s economic difficulties, fights corruption and responds to the demands of Tunisians ”.

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For the opposition it is a facade choice given that the parliament is still suspended and the executive seems to have limited powers. Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone conversation with the Tunisian president. For Merkel it is essential that Tunisia return to being a parliamentary democracy through dialogue with all political actors. The Chancellor stressed “the importance of Tunisia’s democratic achievements for the stability and well-being of the country”.

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