After a nearly four-month hiatus due to the death of its former head last January, Tunisia’s Committee against Corruption and Misappropriation of Funds can begin activity again with the appointment of a new president, Samir Annabi.
According to the state news agency TAP, Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali made the appointment at the recommendation of the deputy minister in charge of governance and the fight against corruption, Abderrahman Ladhgam.
The Tunisian daily Le temps reports that Annabi is a lawyer with experience in corruption and misappropriation of funds cases, and was formerly the president of the Institut Superieur des Avocats, the professional body charged with the training and accreditation of lawyers in Tunisia.
At a press conference on Thursday, Annabi stated his desire to reopen the many dossiers left by the last president and to begin again the process of battling corruption in Tunisia.
The Prime Ministry could not be reached for comment on why the selection process took nearly four months to choose a new head of the committee.