Tu­nisia parly set for vote on new govt

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TU­NIS — Tu­nisia's premier-des­ig­nate called for "sac­ri­fices" yes­ter­day as par­lia­ment con­vened to vote on a cab­i­net line-up he has pro­posed to tackle press­ing eco­nomic and se­cu­rity chal­lenges.

It is likely that a ma­jor­ity of par­lia­ment's 217 mem­bers will vote in favour of the line-up, mak­ing Youssef Cha­hed, at 40, the coun­try's youngest prime min­is­ter since it won in­de­pen­dence from France in 1956. But as Tu­nisia con­tin­ues to find its bear­ings after the 2011 up­ris­ing that top­pled long­time dic­ta­tor Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Cha­hed would also be the North African na­tion's sixth premier in less than six years.

The prime min­is­ter-des­ig­nate ad­dressed the assem­bly yes­ter­day morn­ing ahead of the vote of con­fi­dence, which was not ex­pected be­fore 8PM.

Cha­hed stressed the "ne­ces­sity" of his pro­posed unity gov­ern­ment to ad­dress mount­ing eco­nomic chal­lenges not re­solved since the 2011 revo­lu­tion.

"We have un­til now been un­able to re­alise the ob­jec­tives of the revo­lu­tion. Our youth have lost hope, the trust of cit­i­zens in the state has de­creased," he said. "We are all re­spon­si­ble" and "will all have to make sac­ri­fices". The premier-des­ig­nate, whose speech was met with re­sound­ing ap­plause, said his gov­ern­ment would give pri­or­ity to fight­ing cor­rup­tion and "ter­ror­ism".

While Tu­nisia is con­sid­ered a rare suc­cess story of the Arab Spring, the author­i­ties have failed to re­solve the is­sues of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment, re­gional dis­par­i­ties and cor­rup­tion that pre­ceded Ben Ali's fall. — AFP

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