Tunisia trapped between one-man rule and economic woes

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Tunisian President Kais Saied announced a new cabinet on Monday that will ultimately answer to him rather than Prime Minister Najla Bouden, who had been tasked with forming it. There has been mounting domestic discontent over the president’s power grab since Saied sacked the prime minister, suspended parliament, and took control of the country on 25 July, before moving to rule by decree nearly two months later. Under Decree Law 117 of 22 September, the chief of state expanded the powers of his office at the expense of the government and parliament, granting himself the authority to appoint the…

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