Habib Jemli, an agricultural engineer by training and a nominee of the moderate Islamist Ennahdha party, said the new government comprised independent Tunisians but stopped short of disclosing their names.
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“I have depended in forming the cabinet on elements of competence and independence from political parties,” said the 60-year-old Jemli after a meeting with Tunisian President Kais Saied on Wednesday
Tunisia’s official news agency TAP said Jemli had presented the proposed government to Saied, who will ask parliament to set a session for holding a confidence vote on the lineup.
The government must be endorsed by a majority of parliament’s 217 members.
Ennahdha emerged as the country’s strongest political force in Tunisia’s October parliamentary elections, winning 52 seats in the fractured parliament.
Anger at public services that are seen as worse than under Tunisia’s pre-revolution President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who died in exile in September, has undermined the trust of some Tunisians in its political establishment.
Saied, an independent who won the presidential election in October, then formally tasked Jemli with building a coalition able to command a majority in parliament.
Jemli struggled to bring rival parties together during the coalition talks but said on Wednesday that all parties would support the new government “one way or another”, without giving specifics.
Tunisia’s designated prime minister will hold more talks on forming a government, the presidential office said.
Prime Minister-designate Habib Jemli submitted his proposed cabinet list to President Kais Saied almost three months after an election that produced a deeply fractured parliament, complicating the process of coalition building.
Mr Jemli named former finance ministry official Abderrahmen Khachtali to be finance minister and Tunisia’s ambassador to Jordan, Khaled Shili, as foreign minister.
Imed Darouiche has been proposed for defence minister, Soufiene Sliti as interior minister and Hedi Kediri as justice minister. The existing tourism minister, Rene Trabelsi, would stay in his post.
The prime minister-designate said in a televised statement that his proposed cabinet had majority support in the deeply fractured parliament elected nearly three months ago.
But his office said on Wednesday night that more consultations were needed before Parliament was able to vote on the finalised list of names.
A vote in parliament will be scheduled by the speaker, Rached Ghannouchi, who heads the moderate Islamist Ennahda party. The group came first in the October 6 election with 52 of the 217 seats and nominated Mr Jemli as prime minister.