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Tunisian parliament approves formation of unity government

The parliamentary vote for Chahed's government comes as the country grapples with lower tourism revenues and security challenges. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Tunis, Tunisia Aug 27, 2016, 02.25 AM (IST)
The Tunisian parliament won a confidence vote and approved the unity government of Youssef Chahed late on Friday, bringing an end to three months of intense negotiations. 

The unity government was backed by 167 members of the 217-seat parliament. It is set to take office in the coming days. 

The vote on the new government comes as the North African country grapples with lower tourism revenues and security challenges amid a wave of jihadist attacks on foreign tourists last year. 

Chahed’s cabinet will comprise members from the Islamist Ennahda party, and will also include eight women and 14 “young” ministers. 

Earlier this month, Chahed was named as the next prime minister after his predecessor, Habib Essid, was dismissed in a no-confidence motion following just 18 months in office.  

Essid’s government has drawn flak for his failure to address issues of unemployment, poverty, corruption and regional disparities that have plagued the country since the 2011 uprising. 

Chahed will become the country’s youngest prime minister since it won independence from France in 1956. He will also be the nation’s seventh head of government in less than six years. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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