TUNISIAN PRESIDENT ASKS YOUSSEF CHAHED TO FORM NEW GOVT

President Beji Caid Essebsi of Tunisia has named Youssef Chahed as the head of government, the Tunisian news agency, TAP, reports.

Chahed, 40, who was Minister of Local Government in the caretaker government led by Habib Essid's caretaker government, has 30 days to form a new cabinet. Essid was ousted in a vote of no confidence in the parliament on Saturday.

"I have met today (Wednesday) the President of the Republic who asked me to form a national unity government," Chahed told journalists after emerging from the presidential palace.

The nomination of Chahed, a leading member of the Nida Tounes Party and a former chairman of the Reconciliation Committee within the party, came after Parliament adopted the vote of no confidence against Essid18 months after his nomination.

President Essebsi did not wait the expiry of the 10-day time-limit stipulated in the Constitution to name a person to form and lead a national unity government, a step which the Tunisian people had expected to be taken only by the end of August.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK