This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister has fired the foreign and defense ministers, two weeks after Kais Saied was elected the new president of the North African country.
According to a statement from the government presidency Tuesday, Defense Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi and Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui were dismissed by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.
The two ministers were seen as being close to former President Beji Caid Essebsi, who died in July. Saied and Essebsi didn't see eye to eye politically.
Economic Diplomacy Minister Hatem Ferjani was also fired.
Intense negotiations are currently taking place for the formation of a new government.
This story has been corrected to show that the Beji Caid Essebsi died in July, not June.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.