Who is Najla Bouden Romdhane | Tunisia’s first woman PM

President Kais Saied approved a new cabinet by decree on October 11, 2021, led by newly appointed Prime Minister Najla Bouden Romdhane. Bouden, 63, will be Tunisia's first female prime minister. On July 25, Saied fired the last serving prime minister, Hichem Mechichi, suspended parliament, and handed himself judicial powers, which opponents called a coup while many Tunisians applauded. Tunisia is in the grip of a severe economic and political crisis.

Who is  Najla Bouden Romdhane

  1. Najla Bouden is a geologist and university lecturer from Tunisia. President Kais Saied has appointed Bouden as Prime Minister of Tunisia. She is the first female Prime Minister of Tunisia and the Arab world. She will be the fourth President of the Republic after President Saied assumed office in 2019.
  2. Bouden, 63, was born in the Tunisian region of Kairouan in 1958 and is a geology professor at the National Engineering School in Tunis. Prior to her appointment as Prime Minister, Bouden worked at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, where she was in charge of implementing a $70 million programme to boost career chances for college graduates.
  3. Since 2011, Bouden has also served as the High Education Ministry's director-general in charge of quality. She has also served as the Director of the Education Ministry's Purpose Action Unit.

Tunisia's Prime Minister Bouden's administration includes a record number of women.

Saied appointed Najla Bouden Romdhane as the North African country's new Prime Minister on September 29, 2021. PM Bouden's new cabinet consists of 24 ministers and a secretary of state, with 10 (one-third) of them being women, including Prime Minister Bouden. Many feminist organisations in the country have lauded Bouden's nomination as a step forward for women in Tunisia and the Arab world, while the Islamist-inspired Ennahda party has called Bouden's nomination unconstitutional. Tunisia's post-revolution politics have been controlled by the Ennahda party.

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