Tunisian President Kais Saied has dismissed the country’s Prime Minister Najla Bouden, he said in a brief statement early Wednesday.
Bouden was the first female prime minister of Tunisia, and the first prime minister of any Arab League country.
He was appointed by Said in October 2021 after suspending parliament, ousting the previous prime minister and giving himself sweeping powers in a move described by the opposition as a “coup”.
Bowden was considered by his critics to be a “shadow of the president” who had little power in practice.
No explanation was given for his dismissal.
However, the move comes amid growing discontent in Tunisia over food shortages, price hikes and constant queues for bread, which Said blamed on government officials.