Tunisian Parliament has approved Prime Minister-designate Hichem Mechichi’s government – the country’s third
administration in less than a year.
Tunisian Parliament has decided Following a 15-hour session that started on Tuesday, Mechichi’s cabinet –
dominated by independent technocrats won 134 votes out of the 217 members of parliament.
A former interior minister, Mechichi replaces Elyes Fakhfakh, whose government stayed in power for just five months before
he resigned as prime minister last month after questions over his business dealings.
Mechichi proposed a government with 25 ministers and three secretaries of state that includes seven women
and a blind man – a first in the country’s history.
The 46-year-old has pledged to enact policies seen as critical to revitalizing a tourism-reliant sluggish economy
that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
He gathered the ministries of finance, investment and economy into a single department led by liberal economist
Ali Kooli, chief executive of Arab Banking Corporation in Tunisia.
After the vote, Mechichi said his government would be able to “move forward” provided it was not bogged down in political