New government members proposed by Youssef Chahed have confidence of HPR
13/11/2018 10:26, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The new government members proposed by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed had Monday night the confidence of the deputies during a plenary session of the House of People’s Representatives (HPR).

The Nidaa Tounes Movement bloc boycotted the plenary session and the voting operation. At the beginning of the vote, the number of deputies in the parliament was 160.

On November 5, 2018, Chahed had made a Cabinet reshuffle regarding thirteen ministries and five secretariats of State.

Here follow the voting results:

Ministers:

- Minister of Justice: Karim Jammoussi, (131 votes in favour, 24 against and one abstention)

- Minister of Public Service and Modernisation of Administration and Public Policy: Kamel Morjane, (127 votes in favour, 24 against and no abstentions)

- Minister to the Prime Minister in charge of the Relationship with Constitutional Bodies, Civil Society and Human Rights: Mohamed Fadhel Ben Mahfoudh, (131 votes in favour, 22 against and no abstentions)

- Minister of Transport: Hichem Ben Ahmed, (132 votes in favour, 24 against and no abstentions)

- Minister of Local Affairs and the Environment: Mokhtar Hammami, (129 votes in favour, 19 against and 4 abstentions)

- Minister of Equipment, Housing and Spatial Planning: Noureddine Selmi, (131 votes in favour, 19 against and 3 abstentions)

- Minister of State Property and Land Affairs: Hedi Mekni, (130 votes in favour, 19 against and 3 abstentions)

- Minister of Tourism and Handicrafts: René Trabelsi, (127 votes in favour, 25 against and 1 abstention)

- Minister to the Prime Minister in charge of Social and Solidarity Economy: Chokri Belhassan, (130 votes in favour, 23 against and no abstentions)

- Minister of Youth and Sports: Sonia Ben Echeikh, (131 votes in favour, 22 against and 1 abstention)

- Minister of Health: Abderraouf Cherif, (131 votes in favour, 22 against and no abstentions)

- Minister to the Prime Minister in charge of Migration and Tunisians Abroad: Radhouane Ayara, (125 votes in favour, 25 against and 2 abstentions)

- Minister of Vocational Training and Employment: Saida Lounissi (129 votes in favour, 25 against and 3 abstentions)

Secretaries of State:

- Secretary of State for Local Affairs and the Environment: Besma Jebali, (128 votes in favour, 22 against and 4 abstentions)

- Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry and SMEs: Habib Dabbabi, (128 votes in favour, 20 against and 3 abstentions)

- Secretary of State to the Minister of Transport: Adel Jarboui, (126 votes in favour, 24 against and no abstentions)

- Secretary of State to the Minister of Youth and Sports in charge of Sports: Ahmed Gaaloul, (115 votes in favour, 23 against and 8 abstentions)

- Secretary of State to the Minister of Trade in charge of Domestic Trade: Samir Bachouel, (126 votes in favour, 23 against and 4 abstentions).

This is the third time the Prime Minister seeks the confidence of the deputies, after a first reshuffle on September 6, 2017.

Youssef Chahed’s recent reshuffle has sparked widespread controversy in politics, starting with the President of the Republic who, at a press conference, had disapproved "the approach taken by the Prime Minister about it.

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