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Vol 58 No 1

Published 6th January 2017


A coalition of hope

Donors line up more support to help confront deeply uncertain prospects for security and an economy damaged by terrorism

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed's 'unity' government seems to have plenty going for it, with a good balance of political factions and technocrats, and strong international backing. Underlining Tunisia's liberal traditions, the cabinet boasts several highly qualified women in posts that go well beyond the Arab world's usual 'social affairs' functions, including Finance Minister Lamia Zribi and energy minister Hela Cheikhrouhou. Chahed, a member of the secularist Nidaa Tounus party, is strongly supported by President Béji Caïd Essebsi, but his administration has brought together key factions in moves supported by the other leading player in contemporary Tunisian politics, Hizb Ennahda leader Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi.

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