Tunisian prime minister sacks health minister amid criticism on coronavirus crisis -statement

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Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi appears in a news conference in Tunis, Tunisia, on June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi/File Photo

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TUNIS, July 20 (Reuters) - The Tunisian prime minister sacked on Tuesday the Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi, amid an exchange of accusations over performance in the fight against a COVID surge and the slow pace of the vaccination campaign.

A government statement said the minister of social affairs will serve as an acting minister of health.

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Reporting by Tarek Amara Editing by Chris Reese

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