Allocate Najla Bouden Ramadan to form a new government in Tunisia

Qais Saeed and Najla Bouden Ramadan

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Tunisian President Kais Saied commissioned Najla Bouden Ramadan to form a new government.

And if she succeeds in forming a government, she will become the first female prime minister in Tunisia’s history.

Najla Ramadan, born in 1958 in the Kairouan Governorate, is a professor of geology at the National School of Engineers in Tunis.

Prior to her assignment, she was engaged in the task of implementing World Bank programs in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Prior to that, she held several positions in planning and administration within the ministry.

Last July, Saeed fired Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashishi and approved a series of extraordinary measures, including the freezing of parliament’s work and the lifting of parliamentarians’ immunity, which his opponents saw as a “coup”.

The dismissal of Michichi came after large demonstrations in several Tunisian cities.

In recent weeks, Saied has been under pressure from Tunisian politicians and some Western donors to appoint a prime minister and clarify the steps he intends to take later.

It is noteworthy that since the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, nine governments have been formed, some of which lasted only a few months.

The Tunisian economy was in crisis before the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, and the impact of the epidemic on the national economy and on local small businesses was very great.

According to official statistics, unemployment has risen to around 18 per cent and youth unemployment has jumped to more than 36 per cent by the end of 2020.

The tourism sector, one of the most important economic sectors in Tunisia, has been hit hard by the Corona pandemic. The manufacturing sector was also affected, and as a result, the economy contracted by 2020 by 9 percent.

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