Tunisian President Kais Saied has named Najla Bouden Romdhane as the country’s first female prime minister.
AFP reports the appointment comes after nearly two months after Saied seized most powers in a move his foes call a coup.
Romdhane will take office at a moment of national crisis, with the democratic gains won in a 2011 revolution in doubt and as a major threat looms to public finances.
Romdhane is university engineer who worked with the World Bank
Saied dismissed the previous prime minister, suspended parliament and assumed wide executive powers in July and has been under growing domestic and international pressure to form a new government.
In a social media post, the presidency says Saied named Romdhane under the provisions he announced last week and has asked her to quickly form a new government.