Can a New Prime Minister Finally End Tunisia’s Political Tumult?

Tunisian President Kais Saied, right, and the new prime minister, Hichem Mechichi, at the Carthage Palace outside Tunis, Tunisia, July 25, 2020 (Photo by Slim Abid for Tunisian Presidency via AP Images).
Tunisian President Kais Saied, right, and the new prime minister, Hichem Mechichi, at the Carthage Palace outside Tunis, Tunisia, July 25, 2020 (Photo by Slim Abid for Tunisian Presidency via AP Images).

Following the resignation of Elyes Fakhfakh as prime minister of Tunisia in mid-July, amid corruption allegations and after just five months in office, President Kais Saied designated one of his own advisers, Hichem Mechichi, as the new prime minister. Mechichi has until Aug. 25 to form a government that can win parliamentary approval. Should he fail, Saied has the constitutional right to call for new elections—an arduous task, particularly as Tunisia struggles with a deepening economic crisis and a spike in COVID-19 cases triggered by reopening the country’s borders in late June. Before he even takes office, Mechichi faces several […]

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