Tunisian Prime Minister, Youssef Chahed,
has sacked 13 Ministers, on Wednesday, in a major cabinet reshuffle,
which included the Interior, Defence and Finance Ministers.
Abdelkrim Zbidi, was appointed as the
Minister of Defence, a position he previously filled between 2011 and
2013, while the former Head of the National Guard, Lotfi Brahem, is the
new interior Minister.
Chahed appointed Ridha Chalghoum as the Finance Minister, a position he also held briefly in an interim cabinet formed in 2011.
described the newly-named cabinet as a “war government”, that will
continue to “fight terrorism, corruption, unemployment and regional
The reshuffle, which also involved the
Ministries of Education, Energy and trade, comes following weeks of
talks with different political parties.
This is the first reshuffle since
Chahed’s National Unity Government, tasked with revitalising an economy
battered by militant attacks, was appointed in 2016.