I Watch warns against vacancies in many senior positions
25/01/2023 19:23, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The organisation "I Watch" has warned against vacancies in the administrative apparatus of the state, which is likely to undermine the proper functioning of institutions and promote the culture of unaccountability and impunity.

In a press release published on Wednesday, the organisation questioned the reasons behind the government's passivity to urgently fill vacant positions within the state through the massive use of the practice of "acting managers.»

Is this a sign of a lack of competence or the absence of the logic of political alliances or the fear of being involved in the establishment of a new autocracy in Tunisia, the organisation wondered.

As an example, I Watch cited the case of Nadia Akacha, who was dismissed almost a year ago from her position as Chief of Staff of the President without being replaced by another person.

This is a key position, since it concerns the management of the presidential office and the services and departments under the Presidency, regrets the organisation, adding that this position is not the only one vacant at the moment within the presidential institution.

In addition, there are the posts of president of the High Committee for Human Rights and the Ombudsman.

According to the same source, this vacancy has also affected the current governmental formation. Thus, the post of Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is responsible for international cooperation, has been vacant since February 1, 2022, as well as that of the Secretary General of the government, more than two months ago.

For I Watch, this recurrence of vacancies is not "arbitrary or fortuitous" but rather, a "policy" consciously executed by the President of the Republic who seems to prefer "a temporary that lasts."

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