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Tunisia: Kais Saied appoints new Inside minister

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President Saied issued two decrees, the primary terminating Charfeddine’s duties and a second appointing Kamel Feki as Inside Minister, the presidency mentioned in a press release on Friday night time.

Mr. Feki is a regulation graduate and a former government of the Ministry of Finance. He has held the put up of prefect of Tunis since late 2021.

His nomination comes few hours after Taoufik Charfeddine, a detailed aide of President Kais Saied, introduced he had resigned to spend extra time together with his youngsters following the dying of his spouse final 12 months.

Charfeddine, 54, who had held his put up since October 2021, informed reporters he wished to thank the president for “his understanding and for permitting me to be relieved of my duties”.

The minister’s spouse died in a fireplace attributable to a fuel leak of their dwelling in June final 12 months.

A former lawyer, Charfeddine was a key determine within the election marketing campaign that propelled the beforehand little identified Saied to the presidency in 2019.

After Saied froze parliament and sacked the then authorities in a dramatic July 2021 transfer towards the only real democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings, Charfeddine turned a detailed adviser.

Because the president pushed by means of sweeping adjustments to the nation’s political system, concentrating near-total energy in his workplace, Charfeddine was some of the outspoken defenders of his energy seize.

Saied’s workplace commonly launched video footage of the 2 males’s frequent conferences within the presidential palace.

On March 8, greater than 30 Tunisian non-governmental organisations demanded an apology from the minister after he branded as “traitors” the president’s many critics within the non-public sector, the media and commerce unions.

They accused him of utilizing the “language of risk and intimidation” to “sow division” amongst Tunisians as a part of a “harmful populist discourse that foreshadows a police state” just like the one overthrown within the nation’s 2011 rebellion.