Elyes Fakhfakh unveils cabinet lineup [Upd 2]
19/02/2020 22:54, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Prime Minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh, on Wednesday evening, unveiled his new cabinet team, composed of 30 ministers and 2 secretaries of state.

Fakhfakh said the new cabinet is subject to consensus between parties and parliamentary blocs involved in the consultations.

Its members were chosen based on the criteria of competence, integrity and credibility, he stressed.

He added that the new cabinet represents a broad political spectrum and is based on a contract document that aims to ensure the country’s stability and restore confidence and hope to citizens.

The constitutional deadline for announcing the government lineup ends on Wednesday.

Elyes Fakhfakh had unveiled his cabinet lineup on Saturday, February 15, after the Ennahdha movement announced its decision to pull out of the government and not give it confidence.

Fakhfakh said he had agreed with the President of the Republic "to use what remains of the constitutional deadlines to take the appropriate approach that serves the best interests of the country".

President Saied had tasked Elyes Fakhfakh with forming the government last January 20.

The designation came after the parliament rejected on January 10, 2020 the government of Habib Jemli who was picked by the Ennahdha party that won 54 seats in the legislative elections.

Elyes Fakhfakh is expected to take over from Youssef Chahed who was appointed in August 2016.

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