AA / Tunis
Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed on Thursday dismissed the governors of Sidi Bouzid (center), Mohamed Sedki Bouaoun and Kébili (southwest), Moncef Chleghmia.
This is what emerges from a press release published by the Presidency of the Tunisian Republic on its official Facebook page, while no details have been communicated on the reasons for this decision.
“The President of the Republic, Kaïs Saïed, issued on Thursday a presidential decree terminating the functions of Mohamed Sedki Bouaoun as governor of Sidi Bouzid and of Moncef Chleghmia as governor of Kébili,” the statement said.
This new decision is part of a series of dismissals initiated by the Head of State Kaïs Saïed on July 25 and which affected until Thursday, November 25, more than 33 senior officials, including the governor of Monastir (east) Akrem Sebri, that of Medenine (south-east) Habib Chaouat and the governor of Zaghouan (north), Salah Mtiraoui.
The governors of Gabès (south-east), Mongi Thameur, Bizerte (north), Mohamed Gouider, Gafsa (south-west), Sami Ghabi, Ben Arous (near the capital Tunis), Ali Saïed and Sfax ( sud), Anis Oueslati, were also dismissed.
Tunisia has been in the throes of an acute political crisis since July 25. On that date, President Kaïs Saïed had taken a series of exceptional measures, notably suspending the work of Parliament and lifting the immunity enjoyed by deputies.
He had also suspended the Body for the Control of the Constitutionality of Laws and decided to legislate by means of decrees, just as he dismissed from his post the head of government, Hichem Mechichi, thus taking the head of the executive, assisted by a government whose head he appointed in the person of the academic Najla Bouden.
The majority of Tunisian political forces reject Saïed’s decisions, which it considers to be “a coup against the Constitution”, while other parties support them, believing that it is a “restoration of the Revolution process ”of 2011, which had deposed the regime of the former president, Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail
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