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Tunisian President gives mandate to form government to first woman FM

Tunisian President Kais Saied, who dismissed the Prime Minister in Tunisia on July 25, assigned Najla Bouden Romdhane to form the government.

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In a written statement from the Tunisian Presidency, it was stated that Tunisian President Kais Saied gave Najla Bouden Romdhane the task of forming the government with a presidential decree.

Romdhane will become Tunisia’s as well as the Arab World’s first woman prime minister if she forms the government.

Romdhane was born in 1958 in the province of Kairouan in central Tunisia.

Romdhane, who is a lecturer in geology at the Tunisian Engineering School in the capital, was working on the implementation of World Bank programs at the Ministry of Higher Education, where she took many positions throughout her career.

Tunisian President Saied issued new decrees expanding his powers on September 22, after the Assembly suspended its work and dismissed the prime minister on July 25.

With the new decrees, extraordinary arrangements were made regarding the legislative and executive powers of the President, and the temporary commission that oversaw the constitutionality of the bills was abolished.

According to the decrees published in the Official Gazette, the President of Tunisia was given the authority to issue “legislative texts” with Presidential decisions after taking the opinion of the Council of Ministers.

Under the decree, the Council of Ministers will no longer be responsible to the Assembly, but to the President. The president will appoint the prime minister, determine the cabinet members, the policy, and decisions of the government.

The President was also given the authority to submit any Presidential decision to a public vote.

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