Tunisian parliament voting on new premier after shakeup

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Posted: Aug 26, 2016 9:19 AM
Tunisian parliament voting on new premier after shakeup

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's newly nominated prime minister and his proposed Cabinet are facing a vote of confidence in parliament which would allow them to take power.

Youssef Chahed, 41, has promised to focus on fighting terrorism and corruption and boosting growth. He is expected to win Friday's confidence vote.

President Beji Caid Essebsi nominated Chahed after the previous government collapsed in July amid economic troubles. Tunisia has struggled with soaring unemployment and slumping tourism since its 2011 revolution and jihadi attacks last year at a beach resort and major museum that killed around 60 people.

Chahed proposed a government with more women and young politicians but kept several key figures, including the defense, interior and foreign ministers. Chahed notably proposed changing the finance minister, nominating Lamia Zribi, a 55-year-old state bank director.