Tunisia: PM designate announces cabinet team

But gains time, in agreement with the president

17 February, 12:05

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, FEBRUARY 17 - Tunisia's premier designate, Elyes Fakhfakh, after meeting with President Kais Saied, has announced his government team: 29 ministers and an undersecretary, party members and independents, whose names will however be reviewed in the days ahead of the deadline on February 20 for the formation of the new government, in order to gain wider political consensus.

    In agreement with president Saied, ''conscious of the responsibility and the choice it implies for the country, we have decided with the head of State to use the days that remain for the formation of the government to study the constitutional, judicial and political options'' to present the government, said Fakhfakh.

    Three weeks of talks were not enough for the premier designate to gain the backing of the various parties necessary to have the minimum 109 votes required to gain a vote of confidence in parliament. The relative majority party, the Islamist Ennhadha, which can however count on a number of ministers in the announced formation, has said he will not vote for a government in this shape, asking for a more inclusive team that should include, in particular, the country's second largest party, Qalb Tounes. The outgoing Parliament in legislative elections last October is fragmented with no political force exceeding 25% of the vote. (ANSAmed).

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