The sudden resignation of the media advisor to the Tunisian president, Kais Saied, was added to a series of resignations that shook his presidential office, in less than a year after he assumed power, to raise more than one question about the scenes of what is happening inside the palace.
Yesterday, Friday, the president’s advisor in charge of media and communication, Rashid Al-Nefer, announced that the president had accepted her resignation, justifying the move in a media statement with disagreements within the president’s office, and her dissatisfaction with the way of working.
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Rachida Al-Nefer’s resignation comes in addition to previous resignations that are described by observers of the political affairs as heavy, similar to the resignation of the director of his office, Tariq Battayeb, his political advisor, Abd al-Raouf, the doctor, and the national security advisor, General Muhammad al-Hamdi, in charge of protocol and protocol, Tariq al-Hanashi, and others.
Saeed’s former advisors are unanimous about their good relationship with him, and that the reasons for the resignations are due to disagreements within the presidential court, in an implicit reference to the new director of the court, Nadia Okasha, who, since her appointment by the president, left a continuous wave of controversy, which accompanies him as his shadow in every visit or meeting he does.
And opposition party leaders have previously directed arrows in their criticism of President Qais Saeed’s political and diplomatic performance, attributing that to his inability to take control of matters inside his office and his failure to choose his advisors.
Disputes and accusations
And the president’s advisor and his companion, Abd al-Raouf, the doctor, previously submitted his resignation from the presidential office last February, accusing, in a media statement, the former official spokeswoman for the Presidency of the Republic, Rachida Ennever, of libeling him and waging a smear campaign against him, which reflects, according to observers, the extent of the dispute inside the presidential palace .
In early April, a lengthy post by the National Security Adviser, General Muhammad al-Hamdi, sparked controversy after he discussed the reasons for his resignation from the palace, and his famous statement that he had become “the advisor who is not consulted.”
Lack of political experience
Political analyst Abu Lababa Salem said in his interview with Al-Jazeera Net, that the lack of political experience of President Saeed, who came to power from outside the party system, may be among the factors that left this restlessness within the palace and confusion in the conduct of the presidential office.
He pointed out that Al-Nefer’s resignation, which comes after a balanced wave of resignations within the president’s office during a period not exceeding the year of his rule, raises more than one question about the scenes of running the affairs of the presidential palace.
He indicated that there is a real problem in the president’s choices of his advisers, which left a state of dissonance and conflict between them instead of working within a single presidential team, as he described it.
The president replies
President Qais Saeed has previously responded to the criticisms that affected the performance of his presidential team, especially the communication side, by saying that mistakes are contained, while reducing their severity.
He pointed out, during a television interview on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of his assumption of power, that there are different views and perceptions within the working group of his advisers, accusing some of them of looking for failures in order to confuse him.
The director of the Observatory for Diplomacy and Strategic Studies in Paris, Bashir Al-Nafzi, said in his speech to Al-Jazeera Net that the presidential office during the era of President Qais Saeed is experiencing an unprecedented floundering, which negatively affected his political and diplomatic performance.
Al-Nafzi accused the director of the president’s office, Nadia Okasha, of committing grave mistakes and singling them out for taking decisions, adding that “there is almost unanimity from the former advisers that there is a disagreement between them and the director of the office in the way of managing and taking decisions, in exchange for their confirmation of the strength of the relationship with President Qais Saeed.”
Al-Nafzi called on the President of the Republic, after a year of assuming power, to conduct a serious and comprehensive evaluation of the performance of his team within the Presidential Court.