World Bulletin/News Desk
Tunisia's army chief of staff Gen. Mohamed Salah Hamdi has resigned, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
"The Ministry of Defense clarifies that the chief of staff of the army submitted his resignation on July 23, 2014, for personal reasons, and we have accepted it," the ministry said in a statement.
"We confirm the resignation of the General Mohammed Salah al-Hamedi, the chief of staff of the Tunisian army land forces, for personal reasons," Rachid Bouhoula, a defence ministry spokesman said, adding that Colonel Major Mohssen al-Farissi would take the role until the president appoints a new chief.
Hamdi's deputy Mohsen al-Farsi will lead the army until a new chief of staff is appointed, ministry spokesman Rachid Bouhoula told Anadolu Agency.
The resignation comes amid criticism to the army's response to recent militant attacks in the mountainous areas on Tunisia's border with Algeria.
Earlier this month, 15 Tunisian soldiers were killed when dozens of gunmen with rocket-propelled grenades attacked two checkpoints in Chaambi, one of the deadliest strikes on the North African country's armed forces.Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2014, 17:43