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Tunisian parliament to vote on new govt next week as moderate Islamist party backs lineup

Tunisian parliament to vote on new govt next week as moderate Islamist party backs lineup

Tunisia is set to hold a confidence vote on a new government on February 26, after more than four months of political wrangling following elections in the country, according to a parliamentary statement.

The parliament announced a date for the vote on Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh’s government after the premier unveiled a revised cabinet lineup earlier this week.

An initial version of the list had been rejected by the Islamist-inspired party Ennahdha, which won the most seats in October’s legislative election but fell far short of a majority in the 217-seat assembly.

The party won seven portfolios in the new lineup and has given the green light to the cabinet, paving the way for a favorable vote in the assembly, AFP said.