Tunisian president swears in new government amid fears of power grab

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Tunisian President Kais Saied swore in a new government on Monday, more than two months after he sacked the previous prime minister and took a series of measures that tightened his grip on power. Since July 25, Saied has suspended parliament, sacked Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, expanded his legislative and executive powers, and suspended some parts of the country’s constitution. Last month, he appointed former geology professor Najla Bouden to be Tunisia’s first female prime minister and tasked her to form a cabinet. Taoufik Charfeddine was appointed Interior Minister in the new cabinet, ha…

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