Tunisian parliament supports the new coalition government, reports

Tunisia, which has been overseen for more than four months by the current government, has been attempting to resuscitate a battling economy

On Thursday, Tunisia’s new coalition government won the confidence vote in parliament after over four months of political struggle since elections.

Fakhfakh will take office and become the eighth Prime Minister in Tunisia since the 2011 revolution expelled President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Elyes Fakhfakh was named a prime minister-designate leader by President Kais Saied toward the ending of January and entrusted with shaping an administration within a month. 

Tunisia, which has been overseen for more than four months by the current government, has been attempting to resuscitate a battling economy; however, unemployment keeps on affecting the population, particularly the youth, and inflation is dissolving an already low purchasing power.

A former cabinet team set forward by him was dismissed by the Islamist-inspired party Ennahdha, which won the most seats in October’s elections yet missed the mark concerning the lion’s share in the 217-seat assembly.

However, Fakhfakh’s reexamined lineup won the vote 129 to 77 after a discussion, which began on Wednesday and continued for over 14 hours.

Ennahdha had given its help to the new cabinet in the wake of being given six portfolios.

Fakhfakh stated a week ago that regardless of troubles, the negotiations had occurred “in a democratic process.”

The confidence vote follows a power battle between the president and Ennahdha, with the party already taking steps to find a way to drive out Fakhfakh, the Arab News reported.

On Thursday, the new government will be sworn in at a ceremony to be held later at the Presidential Palace, the president’s press office stated AFP.

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