Tunisian President Kais Saied has appointed former national security adviser Ridha Gharsalloui as acting Interior Minister amid political crisis in the country, the president's office announced on Thursday.
Tunisian media reported that Gharsalloui previously headed several departments of the president's security service.
According to the president's office, Gharsalloui has already taken the oath as the interim head of the ministry.
The appointment came following mass anti-government protests that erupted in the country's capital of Tunis past Sunday. Saied had dismissed Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi, suspended the parliament for 30 days and frozen the legal immunity of lawmakers. The president has temporarily fully assumed executive power, saying that he would appoint a new prime minister soon.