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Tunisian Diplomatic Corps Union Protests Political Appointment

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Following the official appointment ceremony today, February 17, of the former Minister of Interior, Nejem Gharsalli as Tunisian ambassador to Morocco, in Rabat, the union of representing Tunisia's issued a statement opposing the appointment. A statement from the union said: "We were surprised by the sudden appointment of a former minister as ambassador of Tunisia in Rabat and the possibility of designation of politicians and former security officials at the head of diplomatic missions," adding "Nominations must be removed from political and partisan agreements," Gharsalli served as until he was replaced in a major reshuffle of Habib Essid's Government in January by Hedi Majdoub. Immediately after he was replaced as Interior Minister it was widely reported that Gharsalli would be nominated as ambassador to Morocco. ┬áCareer diplomat and current Khemaies Jhinaoui also attended the official ceremony appointing of Gharsalli by President Beji Caid Essebsi in Carthage today. Former Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche, who was replaced by Khemaies Jhinaoui in the same cabinet reshuffle, was appointed as the head of the Arab Maghreb Union. The statement from the Union of the Tunisian Diplomatic Corps affirmed its political neutrality and public service saying "The Tunisian diplomatic corps is rich skills known for their professionalism and knowledge of the requirements of diplomatic action."