Source: News Bharati English27 Aug 2016 16:12:48
Tunis, August 27: The parliament in Tunisia passed a confidence vote in the Government of National Unity on Saturday. The government of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed was supported by 167 of the 217 members of parliament 22 were against and five abstained.
"If the situation continues like this, then in 2017 we will need a policy of austerity, and dismiss thousands of public sector employees and impose new taxes," Chahed told parliament before the vote for his broad coalition, which includes secular, Islamist and leftist parties, independents and trade union allies.
The move came after the majority of lawmakers in the Tunisian parliament passed a vote of no confidence in Premier Habib Essid, which followed his unwillingness to form a new unity government. Chahed further said, “"In order to face our problems, we should transfer the national united government from a simple concept into an executable practice, and then into an attitude."
Chahed, the French-educated 41-year-old technocrat, is the youngest prime minister of the country. He is the sixth post-uprising premier. He vowed to press ahead with economic reforms sought by international lenders such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.