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Cheikhrouhou takes energy portfolio in Tunisia’s new government

Hela Cheikhrouhou has been appointed energy minister in new Prime Minister Youssef Chahed’s unity government, bringing a prominent international financial professional into a key role. Chahed is supported by President Béji Caïd Essebsi, and his administration has brought together key factions with the support of the other leading player in contemporary Tunisian politics, Hizb Ennahda leader Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi. The 40-year-old premier won a parliamentary vote of confidence on 26 August and will try – again – to accelerate the process of economic and social reform.

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