The Arab world seems to be experiencing some hardcore changes, particularly when it comes to giving more power to the women. Geologist Najla Bouden has become the Prime Minister of Tunisia, creating history.
According to reports, country’s President Kais Saied asked her to form a government with limited executive clout.
On July 25, the President sacked the government of Hichem Mechichi, suspended parliament, lifted MPs’ immunity and took over the judiciary.
The public opinion was divided over the President’s decision as some of the Tunisians have supported his call, others opposed the move.
President’s office published a video of him meeting Bouden in his office and charging her with presenting a cabinet, “in the coming hours or days”.
All eyes are on the university lecturer from the city of Kairouan as she assumes office at a moment of crisis.
Political scientist Slaheddine Jourchi welcomed the nomination of a female premier but warned that Tunisia faces daunting economic and political challenges.
“When we look at the CV of this lady, who is a geologist without other specialisations or experience in sensitive roles, I don’t know how well she will be able to tackle these enormous, complex issues,” he told AFP.
The country has won international plaudits for its democratic transition but many Tunisians have seen little improvement in their lives and have become disillusioned with a political process they say is dysfunctional and corrupt.