The Presidency of the Republic in Tunisia announced on Friday, that Kamal al-Fiqi would replace Tawfiq Charafeddine as Minister of the Interior. The decision came after Charafeddine, who is close to President Kais Saied, announced his resignation, stating that he wished to focus on his children after his wife passed away last year.
The presidency issued a statement indicating that President Saied had terminated Charafeddine’s duties and appointed al-Fiqi as his successor. Charafeddine had played a significant role in Saied’s successful electoral campaign in 2019.
Al-Fiqi, who is also close to Saied, has been appointed to the position of Minister of the Interior. The appointment is seen as a move to strengthen the president’s control over the country’s security forces. As the former head of the General Directorate of National Security, al-Fiqi is expected to maintain a firm grip on Tunisia’s internal security policies.
The appointment of al-Faqi comes at a critical time for Tunisia, which has been facing significant economic and social challenges. The country has been grappling with a high unemployment rate and a sharp increase in the cost of living, leading to widespread protests and demonstrations.