Tunisia PM-Designate submits new cabinet lineup to President

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Tunisian President Kais Saied (R) meets with Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Habib Jemli in Tunis, Tunisia, on Jan. 1, 2020. Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Habib Jemli said on Wednesday that he had offered the lineup of his new government to President Kais Saied. (Tunisian Presidency/Handout via Xinhua)
Tunisian President Kais Saied (R) meets with Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Habib Jemli in Tunis, Tunisia, on Jan. 1, 2020. Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Habib Jemli said on Wednesday that he had offered the lineup of his new government to President Kais Saied. (Tunisian Presidency/Handout via Xinhua)

Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Habib Jemli said on Wednesday that he had offered the lineup of his new government to President Kais Saied on Wednesday, but he has not yet publicly announced the names of cabinet ministers.

“The names of the government ministers will be announced to the public on Thursday,” Jemli said during a press conference in the capital city of Tunis.

It comes nearly three months after an election that returned a deeply fractured parliament in which no party took more than a quarter of the seats, leading to hard negotiations to build a coalition that could pass a confidence vote.

The government will be submitted to parliament for a vote of confidence. It has to obtain a majority of 109 out of a total of 217 possible votes.

The moderate Islamist Ennahda party nominated Jemli to form a government after it came first in the Oct. 6 election, winning 52 of the 218 seats.

The president, an independent who won his own election a week later, then formally requested Jemli to build a coalition able to command a majority in parliament.

On Dec. 23, Jemli announced he would form a government of independent ministers who do not represent political parties.

The announcement came after the consultations on the new government with various political parties came to a dead end.

 

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