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Tunisia's prime minister signals continuity as he unveils new team

Published 20/08/2016

Security forces have hit back at those responsible for atrocities
Security forces have hit back at those responsible for atrocities

Tunisia's newly nominated prime minister has announced his government will include members of the previous administration in key posts.

Youssef Chahed said on Saturday that he was keeping seven ministers of the former government, including the defence, interior and foreign affairs portfolios.

He told reporters this choice was inspired by recent "successes" in the security field and the fight against terrorism.

Tunisia suffered two major jihadi attacks last year - at a beach resort and at the well-known Bardo Museum - that killed around 60 people including many Britons.

The new governmental team of 26 senior ministers and 14 junior ministers includes eight women - up from three previously.

Mr Chahed, 41, was minister for local affairs in the government that fell last month. His government still needs approval from parliament.

AP

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