59-year-old teacher ​Najla Bouden appointed Tunisia’s first female Prime Minister

President Kais Saied of Tunisia on Wednesday appointed Najla Bouden as Prime Minister.

The first female PM teaches geology at the National Engineering School of Tunis.

Saied urged 59-year-old Bouden to form a cabinet as soon as possible.

The PM was in charge of implementing World Bank programmes at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.


The appointment was made two months after the president removed the previous premier, Hichem Mechichi, and suspended parliament.

The actions, which divided the country, were the climax of a long face-off.

Saied assumed office in 2019 and had been locked in months of political dispute about the powers of the government and parliament.