Prime Minister Habib Essid has dismissed Justice Minister Mohamed Salah Ben Aissa from his duties, according to an official statement published on the page of Presidency.
Defence Minister Farhat Horchani looks set to take over the role of Interim Justice Minister in his absence.
Following the news, Mr Ben Aissa took to the airwaves to outline the reasons why he believes he was axed.
“I was expecting this decision, he told Mosaique FM.
“I was asked to attend today’s session on the ratification of the Basic Law of the Superior Council of Magistracy.
“I am not convinced by the text because it is very far from the draft which was submitted by the government.”
The Minister refused the attend the ratification of a law draft which called for the creation of a Superior Council of Magistracy amid discussions regarding judicial reforms.
“The government solidarity should not be established by giving up one’s convictions”,he added.
The Minister previously found himself in hot water when he spoke of his desire to scrap the controversial Article 230 which criminalises homosexuality.
While discussing the controversial case of ‘Marwen’ earlier this month, Mr Ben Aissa stated his personal opposition to the anti-gay law, which he described as being against the constitution.
This opinion has seen quickly contradicted by the President Beji Caid Essebsi, who told an Egyptian TV host: “The Justice Minister’s request to cancel Article 230 represents only himself and not the state.”
“It will not happen.” he added.
By Zeineb Marzouk | source TunisiaLive