A new government in Tunisia was unveiled by president Kais Saied on Monday unveiled a new government on Monday, two months after his seizure of almost total power tagged a coup.
He however gave no hint on when he would hand over his near total control of powers or start reforms needed for a financial rescue package to avert economic disaster.
Last month, President Saied announced that the new cabinet will ultimately answer to him rather than Prime Minister Najla Bouden whom he appointed last month.
Several of the main cabinet members were already serving Saied in an interim capacity, while the new interior minister is one of his dependable allies.
“I am confident we will move from frustration to hope,” said Saied at the ceremony to swear in the government, while railing against “any who threaten the state”.
Key Tunisian players and foreign donors urged Saied to appoint a government and set a timeline for an inclusive path, including any proposed changes to the political system.
Bouden, the newly named Prime Minister said the government’s main priority would be tackling corruption and “restoring hope”.
Dates for “a real dialogue” that would include youths from all regions of the country would be announced soon Saied said.