The surprise dismissal of Imed Boukhris, president of the National Authority for the Fight against Corruption (INLUCC), has sparked criticism of Hicham Mechichi, the prime minister. A few hours after his removal, Imed Boukhris was received by President Kaïs Saïed. Who shows disagrees with his prime minister and believes he has not respected the procedures. In a video published on the official page of the Tunisian presidency, Kaïs Saïed indirectly questions the Islamist movement Ennahdha.
The Tunisian president did not want to name Enahdha directly, but wanted to condemn the succession of the prime minister dominated by the Islamist movement.
During the interview filmed between Imed Boukhris and Kaïs Saïed, we understand that the President condemns the double speech of some of his ministers. And the president responds to him: “It was expected because you noted a set of problems and you gave a set of evidence with respect to certain people,” by the ministers, the president adds.
Several politicians in Tunis agree that this new episode shines the spotlight between the president and his prime minister.
Badreddine Gammoudi, head of the parliamentary committee on the fight against corruption, reacts on a social network to the dismissal of Imed Boukhris and writes that this is further proof that “corruption in Tunisia is protected by the political class”.
No official reason is given for rejecting Imed Boukhris. But he was immediately replaced by Imed Ben Taleb, judge and son-in-law of one of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi’s advisers.