Tunisia's premier-designate announces new government

Tunisia's premier-designate, Youssef Chahed, on Saturday announced nominees for a new government, which will be tasked with rejuvenating the country’s economy.

Chahed, a former development minister, presented the proposed line-up to President Beji Caid Essebsi, who in June called for the formation of a national unity government.

The ministers of defence, interior and foreign affairs in the former government maintain their portfolios in the new cabinet.

Lamia Zribi, one of eight women in the new government, is nominated to become the finance minister.

The proposed cabinet, which must be approved by parliament, includes 26 ministers and 14 junior ministers from several political parties and independents.

After he was nominated to be prime minister earlier this month, Chahed vowed that his government would combat terrorism and corruption and boost economic growth.

Chahed, 41 and a member of Essebsi's secularist Nidaa Tounes Party, is originally an agricultural sciences specialist and a university professor.

Tunisia is widely seen as the sole democratic success story of the 2010-11 Arab spring uprisings.

However, the country has been in the grip of an economic slowdown resulting from the unrest that followed the 2011 ouster of longtime autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Earlier this year, Tunisia witnessed violent protests against unemployment, the country's worst social unrest since the uprising that deposed Ben Ali.

The North African country has seen a string of deadly attacks in recent months. Most of the attacks were claimed by the Islamic State extremist militia.

Last update: Sat, 20/08/2016 - 23:44
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