Tunisian premier names government

TUNIS, 20th August 2016 (WAM) — Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Youssef Chahed named his new government on Saturday, appointing 24 ministers, including eight women, and keeping the previous foreign and defence ministers in their posts.

The new cabinet is inclusive, with members of Nidaa Tounes, Ennahda Movement, Afek Tounes, the Republican Party, Al Moubadara, the Social Democratic Path, the People’s Movement, independents and ministers close to the powerful Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT).

Keeping their posts in the cabinet were Interior Minister Hedi Majdou, Defence Minister Farhat Horchani and Foreign Affairs Minister Khemais Jhinaoui.

Chahed’s cabinet line-up must now go to parliament for a vote of approval.

A senior member of the secularist Nidaa Tounes and ally of President Beji Caid Essebsi, Chahed promised a cabinet capable of delivering economic growth, preserving the environment and combating terrorism and corruption.

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