Tunisia caretaker PM dismisses foreign minister

Tunisia's prime minister designate Elyess Fakhfakh speaks during a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia January 24, 2020.REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

Tunisian Caretaker Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh on Friday decided to dismiss Noureddine Erray, minister of foreign affairs from his post, said a statement released by the government.

“After having consulted with President Kais Saied, Fakhfakh decided to dismiss Erray from his post as minister of foreign affairs,” said the statement.

Without giving further details, the government said that Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Salma Neifer was appointed as acting foreign minister.

Erray, 50 years old, was appointed as minister of foreign affairs in the government of Fakhfakh in February.

He is a diplomat who joined the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996, where he held several positions.