AA / Tunis
The Tunisian presidency announced, during the evening of Thursday, that President Kaïs Saïed had appointed Ridha Gharsallaoui as head of the Interior Ministry after sacking the head of government Hichem Mechichi and interim interior minister.
By way of a press release, the Presidency of the Republic affirmed that “President Saïed has issued a presidential decree appointing Gharsallaoui at the head of the Ministry of the Interior”.
The Presidential Decree was published in the latest issue of the Official Journal of the Republic of Tunisia (JORT) as follows:
Presidential Decree n ° 2021-81 of July 29, 2021, appointing an officer of the Ministry of the Interior.
The president of the Republic,
Considering the constitution, in particular its article 80,
Having regard to Presidential Decree n ° 2021-69 of July 26, 2021, terminating the functions of the Head of
Government and members of the Government.
Takes the Presidential decree, the content of which follows:
Article 1 – Mr. Ridha Gharsallaoui is responsible for managing the affairs of the Ministry of the Interior.
The person concerned is assigned the rank and advantages of a minister, provided for by the decree of February 12, 1992 and the
first paragraph of article 4 of the decree of May 30, 2000.
Art. 2 – This Presidential decree will be published in the Official Journal of the Republic of Tunisia.
Tunis, July 29, 2021.
“Gharsallaoui took the constitutional oath before the Head of State in accordance with article 89 of the Constitution”, according to the same source.
It should be noted that Gharsellaoui was assigned in 1996 to the general administration of the head of state security and official figures, where he assumed his duties as Governor of the police.
Throughout his career, Gharsellaoui has held many positions, including that of Director of the General Administration of Presidential Security, and has received numerous training courses both inside and outside the country in his specialty. “Investigation and fight against terrorism” and “logistical support”.
Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed dismissed from their posts, until Wednesday evening, 25 senior officials, who until then held positions in government institutions, sovereign ministries and the judiciary, including the Minister of Defense , Ibrahim Bartégi.
The decisions of the Tunisian Head of State come following popular demonstrations that have taken place in several governorates demanding the resignation of the government, in a context of economic difficulties and a political crisis that has lasted for months in the country.
Saïed had also declared to have taken these decisions to “save Tunisia, the State and the Tunisian people”. Some political parties saw the emergency measures as a “coup against the Constitution”, while others were in favor, considering that it was a “rectification of the revolutionary process”.
* Translated from Arabic by Hend Abdessamad
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