Tunisian President appoints new Minister of Health following dismissal

In Tunisia, which is facing a major health crisis caused by COVID-19, Mohamed Trabelsi was replaced by Ali Mrabet as Minister of Health by Tunisian President Kais Saied.

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Tunisian President Kais Saied has appointed Ali Mrabet as Head of the Ministry of Health, following the dismissal of Mohamed Trabelsi, Minister of Social Affairs and interim Minister of Health in the government of Hichem Mechichi.

By means of a press release from the Tunisian Presidency, it was said: “Kais Saïed issued a presidential decree today appointing Ali Mrabet as the Minister of Health.”

The statement did not mention the reasons for Trabelsi’s dismissal, who was previously appointed to replace Faouzi Mehdi by Prime Minister Mechichi due to lingering actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Tunisia has been in the throes of a serious political crisis since Saied decided on July 25 to dismiss the Head of Government Hichem Mechichi and to freeze the powers of the parliament for a period of 30 days, as part of exceptional measures by the deterioration of the country’s economic situation.

Some political parties including the Ennahda Movement, the leading party of the Tunisian Parliament, saw the said measures as a “coup against the Constitution,” while others were in favor, considering that it was a “rectification of the revolutionary process.”

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