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Tunisian president sacks ambassador to US, governor of Sfax

Kais Saied has removed number of top officials since July 25 when he assumed executive authority

Adel al-Thabti   | 03.08.2021
Tunisian president sacks ambassador to US, governor of Sfax

TUNIS, Tunisia

Tunisian President Kais Saied on Tuesday dismissed the country's ambassador to Washington as well as the governor of Sfax province.

The Presidency said in a statement that Saied issued a presidential order to end the assignment of Najm Al-Din al-Akhal as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tunisia in the US.

Saied also sacked Anis Oueslati from his post as the governor of Sfax, according to a separate presidential statement.

Last week, the president dismissed the government of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, froze parliament, and assumed executive authority, the exceptional measures that have been rejected by a majority of parties, and considered by some a "coup against the Constitution."

Since then, Saied has removed many top officials including Defense Minister Ibrahim al-Bartajy and acting Justice Minister Hasnaa bin Suleiman. He insists that the measures are meant to "save" the country.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat in Ankara

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