Youssef Chahed: new government will be political, including national experts
03/08/2016 16:58, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Youssef Chahed said, Wednesday, he was tasked by the president to form a national unity government.

"I met President Beji Caid Essebsi who charged me with forming a national unity government," he said after the meeting.

For him, his appointment is a strong message to the Tunisian youth.

Consultations on the formation of the new cabinet will begin soon, in the presence of the different parties (national organisations, political parties and national figures).

According to Youssef Chahed, "the new cabinet will be a political government including national experts away from the quota logic.”

It will also be a government of young skills in which women will be well represented, he assured.

"The government will undertake to implement the programme contained in the" Carthage Document” and will focus on five main priorities. They are mainly the fight against terrorism and corruption, boosting the pace of development, job creation, restoring financial stability and environmental issues, first and foremost cleanliness.

The government's programme and its composition will be presented to the House of People's Representatives in the shortest possible time, he affirmed.

Addressing all Tunisians, the prime minister-designate requested the support of citizens, urging all politicians, media representatives and national organisations to assume their responsibility in this delicate situation.

Youssef Chahed has also sent a message to young people in difficulty, calling them to maintain hope for the future. "We have no choice but to succeed," he argued.

"It is a new stage that demands more effort and sacrifice but also courage, boldness and a sense of altruism."

The appointment of Youssef Chahed comes after the president’s meeting on Wednesday morning with parties participating in the dialogue on the national unity government.

They are nine political parties: Nidaa Tounes, Ennahda, Afek Tounes, the Free Patriotic Union (UPL), Al-Moubadara, Al-Shaab, Al-Massar, Al-Joumhouri and the Tunisia Project Movement.

National organisations that took part in the consultations on the new government are the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) and the Tunisian Union Agriculture and fisheries (UTAP).

Youssef Chahed was keen to deny any family relationship “whatsoever” with the president, saying his relationship with Caid Essebsi dates back to 2011.

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