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Tunisia’s interior minister appointed head of government

Interior Minister for Tunisia Hichem Mechichi has been appointed to form the next government. This announcement came from the president’s office in the wake of political tensions among major parties in the North African country.

Hichem Mechichi who is 46 years old and a lawyer succeeds Elyes Fakhfakh, who resigned as prime minister in the early parts of this month. Interestingly, Mechichi was not one of the names proposed by the governing political parties to President Kais Saied.

According to a statement following Saturday’s announcement, Mechichi said he would “work to form a government that meets the expectations of all Tunisians”.

Tunisia has been applauded as a rare success story for democratic transition after the Arab Spring regional uprisings sparked by its 2011 revolution.

Sadly, the leadership has  struggled to meet the expectations of the Tunisian people and the already fragile economy has been battered by the closure of the country’s borders because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The disease has killed nearly 50 people and infected more than 1,400 in Tunisia.

Source; Aljazeera news

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