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Photos: Tunisia appoints first female prime minister

Tunisian President Kais Saied has named Najla Bouden Romdhane, a little-known university engineer who worked with the World Bank, as the country’s first female prime minister, nearly two months after he seized most powers in a move his foes call a coup.

Photos: Tunisia appoints first female prime minister

Romdhane will take office at a time of national crisis, with the democratic gains won in a 2011 revolution in doubt and as a major threat looms over public finances.

Photos: Tunisia appoints first female prime minister

Saied dismissed the previous prime minister, suspended Parliament and assumed wide executive powers in July, and has been under growing domestic and international pressure to form a new government.

Photos: Tunisia appoints first female prime minister

Last week he brushed aside much of the constitution to say he could rule largely by decree.

Photos: Tunisia appoints first female prime minister
Photos: Tunisia appoints first female prime minister
Photos: Tunisia appoints first female prime minister

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