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US says Bouden’s government is “welcome step,” looks forward to “rapid return to constitutional order”

The United States, on Tuesday, congratulated Tunisia on the formation of a new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Najla Bouden Romdhane.

At a press briefing, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the new government, which includes 10 female ministers, is «a welcome step forward towards addressing the significant economic, health, and social challenges facing the country.»

Price said the US «looks forward to further announcements to establish a broadly inclusive process for a rapid return to constitutional order.»

The US State Department spokesperson had indicated at a press briefing last October 7 his country urges Tunisia’s President and new Prime Minister «to respond to the Tunisian people’s call for a clear roadmap for a return to a transparent democratic process, involving civil society and diverse political voices.

He also emphasised «the need for the Tunisian government to uphold its commitments to respect human rights as outlined in the Tunisian Constitution and affirmed in Presidential Decree 117.»

Prime Minister, Najla Bouden on Monday unveiled the composition of her government consisting of 24 ministers and secretaries of state, including 9 of women, all of whom were sworn in before President Kais Saied on the same day.

Mrs. Bouden was asked to form the government by the Head of State last September 29.

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