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Tunisia's new government of technocrats invests by the Parliament

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Wednesday, September 2nd 2020 à 18:32 | Read 242 times

Hichem Mechichi managed to persuade the parties to trust him (photo ARP)
Hichem Mechichi managed to persuade the parties to trust him (photo ARP)
TUNISIA. The new Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi won the confidence of the Assembly of People's Representatives (ARP), the Tunisian Parliament, in the night of Tuesday 1 to Wednesday 2 September 2020, with 134 votes in favor and 67 against. His apolitical team is composed of academics, engineers, financiers and civil servants. This government of technocrats includes 25 ministers and three secretaries of state, eight of whom are women. The regalian ministries are now occupied by a magistrate Mohamed Boussetta (Justice), a law professor Ibrahim Bartagi (Defense) and a former lawyer Taoufik Charfeddine (Interior).

This vote of the deputies puts an end to several months of political instability and also avoids a dissolution of Parliament.

The third Prime Minister in a year, Hichem Mechichi will have to tackle the enormous task of reforming the Tunisian administration and getting public finances back on track. The country has a debt of 80 billion dinars, of which 7.5 billion (€2.5 billion) is due to be repaid in 2020. It will also have to resume negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to sign a new four-year program.

Hichem Mechichi (46) holds a Master's degree in Law from the Faculty of Law and Political Science in Tunis, a certificate of completion from the National School of Administration in Tunis and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the National School of Administration in Strasbourg. At the end of July 2020, Hichem Mechichi (46) was asked by Tunisian President Kaïs Saïed to compose his apolitical team after the resignation of Elyes Fakhfakh, for whom he was Minister of the Interior. He is the ninth head of government since the revolution of 2011.

He announced that his government will be able to "move forward on economic issues, as long as it does not get caught in any political tug-of-war.


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