Tunisia’s PM-designate postpones government announcement

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TUNIS, TUNISIA - JANUARY 24: Tunisia's prime minister-designate, Elyes Fakhfakh, addresses the media during a press conference in the capital Tunis on January 24, 2019. (Photo by Yassıne Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Tunisia’s prime minister-designate, Elyes Fakhfakh, addresses the media during a press conference in the capital Tunis. (Photo by Yassıne Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Tunisia’s Prime Minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh postponed announcing a new government until Saturday, according to a statement by the Tunisian presidency.

Fakhfakh on Friday said he made the decision in order to “ensure the smooth formation of a government and continue relevant consultations.”

Earlier, the Tunisian Islamist party Ennahdha (Renaissance) threatened not to grant confidence to the Fakhfakh government.

Abdelkarim Harouni, Ennahdha consultative assembly chairman, said in a statement that Ennahdha, which has a majority of 54 seats in parliament, rejects Fakhfakh’s exclusion of the Heart of Tunisia party, which has 38 seats, from his new government’s lineup.

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