Tunisian parliament approves 2 new members of the National Unity Government
The Assembly of People's Representatives (PRA) in Tunisia approved on Thursday night the candidacy of two new members of Youssef Chahed's National Unity government.
They are the Minister of Religious Affairs Ahmed Adhoum and the Secretary of State for Trade Abdellatif Hmam, respectively with 119 and 120 votes in favor.
Forty deputies voted against both candidates without any abstentions.
"Tunisia and its people are currently facing a series of challenges that are the result of a legacy and an accumulation of government stewardship failure for years or even decades," said Mohamed Ennaceur, the President of the PRA.
The current government, he added, "will have to ensure the necessary reforms and reconstruction as well as the satisfaction of the major aspirations of the population."
According to Ennaceur, the delicacy of the Tunisian economic situation is complemented by a constant social unrest with protests throughout the country and strikes over legitimate demands."
For his part, the Head of the Tunisian National Unity government Youssef Chahed considered that his cabinet was able to fulfill certain feats set out in the "Carthage Agreement," a consensual reference document signed last July and which defines the priorities of the government.
"The government has been able to fulfill several promises, including those related to the fight against terrorism, regional development and the radicalization of corruption and smuggling."
Concerning the fight against terrorism, Youssef Chahed argued that "the battle is not only won by weapons and equipment but also by culture and knowledge."