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Kais Saied dismisses two ministers

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Tunisian President Kais Saied has dismissed two of his ministers, the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Culture.

Tunisian President Kais Saied © TPA

Tunisian President Kais Saied has dismissed two of his ministers, the Minister of Transport and the Minister of Culture, announced the presidency without specifying the reasons for their removal. 

Mr. Saied removed Rabie Majidi and Hayet Guettat Guermazi, who had been heading the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs since October 2021, according to a statement from the presidency.

Kais Saied, democratically elected in October 2019, assumed full powers on July 25, 2021, and has governed by presidential decrees ever since. He has the authority to dismiss his prime minister or ministers at any time.

On August 1, 2023, he dismissed Prime Minister Najla Bouden and replaced her with a former senior official from the Central Bank, Ahmed Hachani, whom he tasked with "overcoming colossal challenges" facing the country.

Since Mr. Saied's power grab, Tunisia has been experiencing significant political tensions amidst a socio-economic crisis that the government has struggled to address despite frequent ministerial changes.

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