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27.08.2016 Tunisia

Tunisia parliament approves new unity government

By AFP
Tunisia's premier-designate Youssef Chahed said his 27-member cabinet would include eight women Tunisia's premier-designate Youssef Chahed said his 27-member cabinet would include eight women "in important" positions and "14 young" ministers. By Fethi Belaid (AFP/File)
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Tunis (AFP) - Tunisia's parliament on Friday resoundingly approved the new unity government of Youssef Chahed, supporting a cabinet line-up which will have to tackle the country's pressing socio-economic and security challenges.

There were 167 votes in favour, 22 against and five abstentions. The cabinet, headed by Chahed -- who at 40 will become the country's youngest prime minister since it won independence from France in 1956 -- is set to take office in the coming days.

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