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Tunisia’s health minister resigns after 11 babies die in hospital

  • Tunisian prime minister Youssef Chahed (5th-R) gives a speech prior to a confidence bill during a plenary session at the Tunisian parliament in the capital Tunis on July 28, 2018. Photo: AFP

Tunisia’s health minister Abdel-Raouf El-Sherif resigned on Saturday after 11 babies mysteriously died within 24 hours in a hospital in the capital, state news agency TAP said.

The health ministry and state prosecutors have launched investigations into the cause of the babies’ death which was likely due to a blood infection, it said.

Tunisians have complained about a decline of state services since the overthrow of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 which has brought a democratic transition but also thrown the country into an economic crisis.

Government critics say the public sector is rife with corruption.

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