By Ebi Kesiena
Tunisian President, Kais Saied announced Najla Bouden Romdhane, a little-known University Engineer who worked with the World Bank, as Prime Minister on Wednesday, nearly two months after he came into power.
Romdhane, Tunisia’s first woman Prime Minister, will take over office at a moment of national crisis, with the democratic gains won in a 2011 revolution in doubt and as a major threat loom to public finances.
The Presidency stated on social media that Romdhane was appointed under the provisions of the constitution and she has been asked to quickly form a new government.
Saied dismissed that the previous prime minister, suspended parliament and assumed wide executive powers in July and has been under growing domestic and international pressure to form a new government.
Last week, he brushed aside much of the constitution, saying he could rule by decree and control the government himself during an emergency period that has no defined endpoint.