Tunisia parliament gives confidence to Essid govt

TUNIS – The Tunisian parliament on Thursday voted to give confidence to the new government of Prime Minister Habib Essid.

During a Thursday session, 166 lawmakers voted in Essid's favor, 30 voted against, and eight abstained, an Anadolu Agency correspondent reported.

In a speech before parliament, Essid pledged to present a detailed report on his government's performance by the end of its first 100 days.

"Every minister is required to get acquainted with the challenges facing his ministry within ten days and choose five of them to solve within the first 100 days," he said.

On Monday, Essid unveiled his new cabinet lineup, which includes one member of the Islamist Ennahda movement.

The new government is comprised of 27 ministers and 15 deputy ministers, including Ennahda spokesman Ziyad al-Azari, who was given the labor portfolio. 

Three deputy ministerial posts also went to Ennahda members.

In Tunisia's 217-seat parliament, Essid's secular Nidaa Tounes party holds 86 seats, while Ennahda holds 69. The Popular Front and Afek Tounes hold 15 and eight seats respectively.

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