Najla Bouden Romdhane has been named Tunisia’s first female prime minister, two months after President Kais Saied assumed executive authority, sacked the prime minister and suspended parliament.
Romdhane, 63, was assigned on Wednesday to form a new government amid growing domestic and international discontent about the president’s power seizure.
Reuters wrote that, “For the first time in Tunisia’s history, a woman will head a government,” Saied said in a video posted on the presidency’s Facebook page. Saied said he will work with Romdhane “with a firm will and determination to combat corruption and chaos that pervaded in many state institutions”.
Najla Romdhane was born in 1958 and is a geology professor at the National School of Engineers in the capital, Tunis.
The country is hoping to relieve itself from financial difficulty and save the country from bankruptcy. She also hopes to look into the problems facing Tunisians in a government that is reforming.