Tunisia presents new Cabinet, with token Islamist spot

The deal came after Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Habib Essid’s new cabinet faced a threat of rejection in parliament last week

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Tunisia’s prime minister has presented his second government in as many weeks, this time including more parties and a token position for the country’s Islamists.

Habib Essid from the nationalist Nida Tunis party that won the most seats in October’s election named a new Cabinet on Monday that included a single minister from the powerful Islamist Ennahda Party - Ziad Ladhari as minister of employment.

The first government Essid proposed on Jan. 23 included only one other party and didn’t have enough seats in parliament to survive a no-confidence vote.

The new Cabinet also gives three positions to the Afek Tounes.

Tunisia’s completed their closely watched democratic transition with elections late last year which were dominated by a nationalist party that now must form a coalition government.

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