Tu­nisia PM-des­ig­nate presents unity govt line-up

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TU­NIS - Tu­nisia’s premier-des­ig­nate Youssef Cha­hed on Satur­day sub­mit­ted his pro­posed new unity gov­ern­ment list to Pres­i­dent Beji Caid Essebsi, the pres­i­dency said.

The an­nounce­ment on the pres­i­dency’s Face­book page, gave no fur­ther de­tails.

Me­dia re­ports said Cha­hed, who was tasked on Au­gust 3 with form­ing a new gov­ern­ment, would make an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment about the min­is­te­rial line-up later on Satur­day.

The 40-year-old former lo­cal af­fairs min­is­ter had been given 30 days to form a cab­i­net.

If his cab­i­net wins the back­ing of par­lia­ment, Cha­hed will be­come the North African coun­try’s youngest premier since in­de­pen­dence from France in 1956.

He will also be Tu­nisia’s sev­enth prime min­is­ter since a 2011 up­ris­ing that top­pled long­time dic­ta­tor Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Cha­hed is a mem­ber of the Ni­daa Tounes party, which was founded by Essebsi. His nom­i­na­tion early this month came af­ter a gov­ern­ment led by Habib Es­sid lost a vote of con­fi­dence af­ter just 18 months in of­fice.

Es­sid’s cab­i­net, which in­cluded Ni­daa Tounes, the moder­ate Is­lamist move­ment En­nahda and two other groups, came in for heavy crit­i­cism for fail­ing to tackle a ji­hadist in­sur­gency and over Tu­nisia’s eco­nomic cri­sis.

In June, Essebsi said he would sup­port the for­ma­tion of a new unity gov­ern­ment.

Many Tu­nisians wel­comed the nom­i­na­tion of a com­par­a­tively young premier — es­pe­cially com­pared with other lead­ers since 2011. — AFP

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