The dismissal of Nadia Okasha .. What are the motives? Will the scene be repeated with the Tunisian Prime Minister?

Observers believe that Okasha’s dismissal comes within a context that goes beyond the conflicts within the palace to a new direction for President Saeed after the date of July 25, to go far in his political project, and choose personalities who believe in his ideas, and have contributed to promoting them since his election campaign.

Tunisia – Tunisian President Kais Saied’s decision to abandon his chief of staff, Nadia Okacha, is still a mystery to Tunisians, given the role she played during her two years of work, in determining the decisive political decisions of the presidential palace, as well as what was attributed to her for planning and managing the events of last July 25, which represented A political and historical ditch in the country.

Despite Okasha’s attempt to preempt the decision to relieve her by announcing her resignation from her position in a post on her official account on Facebook, this did not satisfy her, according to observers, after Saeed issued a presidential decree in the Official Gazette announcing the termination of her services, instead of “accepting her resignation,” unlike what happened with Okasha. A former media advisor at the palace.

In a post on her Facebook page, Okasha justified her departure from the palace by the presence of “fundamental differences in viewpoints related to the best interest of the nation.”

Many believe that Okasha’s exit from the presidential palace is an event that will have its next political repercussions, as former US ambassador Gordon Gray described the event, in a tweet to him on Twitter, as “a remarkable development in Tunisia.”

The Tunisian president sacked his chief of staff after her influence and foreign relations grew, according to those close to him (Al-Jazeera)

Reasons for dismissal

Political activist Reda Belhaj, who is known for his closeness to the president and his family environment, asserts that the president’s termination of Okasha’s duties came after his firm conviction of Okasha’s growing influence and her service to foreign parties.

And he continues, speaking to Al-Jazeera Net, by saying, “The president wanted to trim her nails after she became a back door to foreign parties, and bypassed it through her direct communication with prominent figures in the country, and through the formation of a parallel network inside and outside the palace.”

Belhaj explains that Okasha went beyond her job as a director of the office, to the point of forming a powerful network inside the palace, with the support of security groups in the Ministry of the Interior, with the aim of pushing the president to take specific directions related to the final settlement with the Islamic movement, in the service of French interests and politics and the Francophone movement in general.

Back door to French interests

Belhadj stresses that Okasha represents the back door to France, as he relied on it to take care of its interests, to the point of enabling some French parties to undertake major investment projects in the governorate of Bizerte in the north.

And he talks about information that he described as confirmed, related to the presence of Nadia Okasha currently in France, either for fear of a decision of house arrest that may be issued against her, or judicial prosecutions or accountability.

Regarding the battle for influence that took place inside the Carthage Palace between the wing of the Minister of the Interior, Tawfiq Sharaf al-Din, the wing of Okasha and some high-ranking security leaders, Belhadj considered that “Sharafeddine was not just an interior minister, but rather had very close relations with the president, and he enjoys his confidence.”

He stresses that the recent minister’s decision to refer senior security leaders to obligatory retirement, which included, in particular, the former Director General of National Security, Kamal al-Qizani, was the drop that overflowed the cup.

battle for influence

Belhaj also clarifies that there is talk about Okasha’s rejection of Sharafeddine’s decision to dismiss the security leaders who had an important and decisive role in the July 25 decisions, and that she complained to the president, but he replied that the Minister of Interior has full powers and authorization within the framework of his duties and that he does not retract the decisions he took.

And he added, “There is a key word in my belief to everything that is happening now, as President Saeed told me when I met him that “everyone who thinks that he is employing me then I will have hired him.”

On the developments of the political scene in the Carthage Palace after the dismissal of Okasha, Belhadj expects more positioning of the Minister of the Interior and his leadership of the scene, due to the confidence he enjoys, and the mandate given to him by the President.

Expected changes

Activist and blogger Osama Ben Arfa, who is known for his closeness and staunch defense of the former director of the presidential office, published a video in which he spoke about the scenes of her dismissal, considering that it prompted her to submit her resignation, and that she was an impenetrable bulwark against the penetrations of the Ennahda movement and prevented “suspicious figures” from entering the palace and communicating with President.

The blogger described the former director of the bureau as a patriot, and she played a major role in supporting the July 25 decisions, under which former Prime Minister Hisham al-Mashishi was dismissed and parliament suspended, and Saeed assumed all powers.

On the other hand, he considered that one of the mistakes Okasha committed, and that hastened the termination of her duties in the palace, was her intercession for her brother in one of the security centers after he assaulted one of the security forces, who was in an abnormal condition, which angered the president and he was about to take a decision to dismiss her had it not been for the intervention of some close to him, such as His wife and sister.

Ben Arfa stressed that among the factors that contributed to the tension in the relationship between Oukacha and the president, was her interference with Al-Mashichi’s proposal and imposing it on the head of the previous government.

Naglaa BoudenIs the scene of Okasha repeated with Prime Minister Najla Boden? (Getty Images)


For his part, political analyst Tariq Al-Kahlawi points out that there is an exaggeration and a kind of amplification of the role played by the former director of the court in shaping the features of the political scene, considering that all of this was within the framework of the exercise of her job, and on direct orders from the president without going beyond him.

And he stresses, in his speech to Al Jazeera Net, that Okasha’s dismissal comes within a context that goes beyond the conflicts within the palace to a new direction for the president after the date of July 25, to go far in his political project, and choose personalities who believe in his ideas, and have contributed to promoting them since his election campaign, including them in particular. Sharaf El-Din and Minister of Social Affairs Malek Ezzahi.

Al-Kahlawi expects that the coming period will witness transformations at the head of the government, including the expected dismissal of the current prime minister, Najla Boden, and her replacement with Al-Zahi, or Sharaf Al-Din, as well as new appointments that will affect the president’s advisory team, including his friend Reda Shehab Al-Makki.

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