Saied blindsided by Taoufik Charfeddine resignation
The interior minister's public announcement that he was stepping down was not cleared by the Tunisian president, who had not yet made up his mind about his successor.
Hassan Bedhief, former economic adviser to Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed, has finally been able to leave Carthage Palace. His resignation was accepted by the president after being submitted in December to his former chief of staff Nadia Akacha.
Interior minister Taoufik Charfeddine, who has been told to track down senior security officials close to the Islamist Ennahda party, has put several people close to Khaled Yahyaoui, President Kais Saied's security chief, into early retirement.
The president's diplomatic team is shrinking. His adviser on European affairs, Mustapha Nebli, and his colleague in charge of international cooperation, Sarra Maaouia, have resigned from the presidential palace. This comes at a time when relations with the European Union are rapidly deteriorating.
While the head of state may have effectively placed himself at the centre of power on 25 July when he rejected the parliamentary system born from the 2011 revolution, his entourage of advisers and friends at Carthage Palace has since become a hotbed of clan rivalries.