President Kais Saied’s chief of staff resigns over fundamental differences
Nadia Akacha, the chief of staff and closest aide of Tunisian President Kais Saied has stepped down citing “fundamental differences” with the country’s leader.
“After two years of work, I have decided to resign from my position as head of the presidential cabinet. In view of the profound differences in this responsibility, it is my duty to resign from this position,” she said in a Facebook post.
Akacha was appointed in October 2019 as head of the legal affairs at Saied’s office and later became the chief of the staff and the closest aide of the Tunisian president.
The presidency has not made any comment on the resignation yet but it comes amid a political crisis between Saied and his critics who include opposition parties and some civil society organizations.
The critics have blamed Saied for rolling back the democratic gains made in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution after he seized major powers on July 25.
Saied seized the executive power as he fired then Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, froze the activities of parliament and suspended the immunity of lawmakers.