Tunisia presents new Cabinet, with token Islamist spot

Supporters of the Islamist Ennahda movement wave national and party flags as they mark the 33rd anniversary of the founding of the party in Tunis. (File photo: Reuters)

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.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46