Tunisia appoints new prime minister

05 January 2015

Habib Essid requested to form a government by President Essebsi

Tunisia’s new president, Beji Caid Essebsi, named Habib Essid as prime minster and charged him with forming a new government.

Essid has one month to form a cabinet, which will be put to a vote of confidence before the Assembly of People’s Representatives (ARP).

Essid was appointed Interior Minister by Essebsi following the fall of Ben Ali in 2011, and served from March until December 2011. He remained as a security advisor for former prime minister Hamadi Jebali from January 2012 to March 2013. He also has more than 20 years’ experience in the Agriculture Ministry.

Essebsi’s party, Nidaa Tounes, which has the largest block of seats in the ARP, agreed on Essid’s candidature after two days of negotiation. The Tunisian press sees Essid as a consensus candidate, having previously worked with an Ennahdha-led government.

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