Tunisian Parliament Votes to Remove Prime Minister From Power

Rabat – The Tunisian Parliament voted almost unanimously to dismiss the Prime Minister, Habib Essid, on Saturday. In his two years in office, Essid received tremendous criticism over his inability to pass economic reforms. Only three of the 188 ministers voted in support of Essid.Tunisia has experienced economic turmoil since the 2011 revolution. Now, more than one third of young Tunisians are unemployed, according to BBC.This vote comes after pressure was placed on the Prime Minister to resign. Essid refused to step down without a parliamentary vote of no confidence. Essid’s successor has not been selected, but BBC reports that negotiations will begin on Monday.

President sacks PMs secretary and other state officials

President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked the Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayaka with immediate effect.The President appointed S. Amarasekara as the new Secretary to the Prime Minister. The President also replaced the Director of the Government Information Department.The President appointed Nalaka Kaluwewa as the acting Director of the Government Information Department.