TUNIS (Reuters) – Kais Saied, a political outsider and retired legislation professor, was sworn in as Tunisian president on Wednesday after he gained a landslide victory in this month’s election.
Tunisia’s elected president Kais Saied takes the oath of workplace on the Meeting of Individuals’s Representatives in Tunis, Tunisia October 23, 2019REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Saied’s win delivered a heavy blow to a governing elite accused of failing to enhance dwelling requirements or finish corruption for the reason that 2011 revolution that launched democracy after years of authoritarian rule.
Even with a big mandate, the brand new president has much less direct management of coverage than the prime minister and each will shortly face a collection of powerful challenges together with excessive unemployment charges and combating corruption.
“There can be no tolerance in losing any millime (cent) of the cash of our folks,” Saied stated in a speech.
He vowed to guard freedoms, saying: “Those that have nostalgia to return to the outdated years solely pursue illusions and mirages,” he added.
Tunisia’s president controls international and protection coverage, governing alongside a main minister chosen by parliament who has authority over home affairs.
However Saied stated he envisaged a much bigger state position within the economic system.
“We’re shifting from frustration to building and work,” he added.
Tunisia has a deeply fragmented legislature during which the most important celebration, the reasonable Islamist Ennahda, has solely 52 of the 219 seats.
Saied needs Tunisians to elect small native councils primarily based on the character of their representatives slightly than celebration or ideology. They might in flip select regional representatives who would select nationwide ones.
Reporting By Tarek Amara; Modifying by Jon Boyle, William Maclean