The Tunisian president dismissed on Friday the Trade Minister Fadhila Rabhi, the presidency said amid an economic crisis and record inflation in the North Africa country.

Iran PressAfrica: The Tunisian Presidency statement did not clarify the reasons for this decision.

Al-Rabhi was appointed in November 2021 and is the first member of Najla Bouden's government to be removed by Saied.

According to the presidency, Saied confirmed this decision after meeting with Prime Minister Najla Bouden Romdhane earlier in the day.

The meeting focused on the general situation in the country and the need to prepare for the second round of legislative elections, said the presidency.

According to the statement, Saied also removed the governor of Sfax Fakher Fakhfakh from his duties.

Sfax is the second biggest city in Tunisia. Fakhfakh was appointed in June 2022.

Sfax, a big industrial city with a one million population, has been witnessing protests since 2021 over the accumulation of garbage on the streets, jeopardizing public health.

The Ukrainian war also impacted Tunisia and led to a hike in the prices of wheat and oil, given that Tunisia imports them in huge quantities.

The annual inflation rate in December reached 10.1%, while the financial crisis caused loss of many food stuffs from stores.

The political and financial crises during the past months have caused a shortage in basic products such as milk, sugar, rice, and coffee and a relapse in the Tunisians’ purchasing power due to accelerating inflation.


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