Tunisia’s first female PM garners mixed views amid ‘coup’

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Najla Bouden’s appointment as Tunisia’s first-ever female prime minister on Wednesday has led to mixed reactions across the country, after President Kais Saied’s power grab that has been dubbed an “anti-democracy coup”. Bouden, a geologist, was an unknown on the Tunisian political scene, but on Wednesday was named as PM by Saied. Her appointment came two months after the president’s wide-ranging power-grab, which saw him sack government members – including the former premier – and suspend parliament. Like Saied, the new 63-year-old prime minister is from an academic background. The Kairouan na…

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