Tunisia PM announces coalition cabinet with Islamists

AFP , Monday 2 Feb 2015

File Photo: Tunisia's nominated prime minister Habib Essid (L) gives the list of the new government to President Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunis January 23, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid on Monday presented a new coalition government with a cabinet dominated by the secular Nidaa Tounes party but also including members from its Islamist rivals.

"We have made changes... to widen the composition of the government with the participation of other political parties," Essid said after the moderate Islamist Ennahda party had warned it would vote against a line-up that included none of its members.

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