Tunisia's PM-Designate Makes Employment, Services the Priority

Friday, 24 January, 2020 - 11:45 -

Tunisia's PM-Designate Makes Employment, Services the Priority

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Tunisia’s former finance minister Elyes Fakhfakh has been named the country’s new PM. AFP - ERIC PIERMONT
Asharq Al-Awsat

Tunisia's PM-designate Elyes Fakhfakh said Friday he wants a government based on the values of the 2011 revolution that would address unemployment and improve public services.

"Economic politics will surely change towards a social policy that returns hope for the unemployed youth and for improving public services," he said at a news conference.

"The result of the presidential election was a strong message in favor of big change," he was quoted as saying by Reuters, indicating he would only seek to bring into his government parties "aligned to the values of the revolution".

However, he said he would keep up with economic reforms that the country has been carrying out for years aimed at tackling big deficits and a growing public debt burden.

President Kais Saied designated Fakhfakh as the next prime minister on Monday, giving him a month to form a government that can win majority backing in the deeply fragmented parliament.

His attempt to form a cabinet follows an unsuccessful bid by Habib Jemli, whose proposed coalition lost a confidence vote on Jan. 10. If Fakhfakh is also unsuccessful there will be another parliamentary election.

Tunisia held two separate elections for parliament and president in September and October.