Youssef Chahed appointed Prime Minister


President Beji Caid Essebsi has appointed Youssef Chahed as Tunisia’s new prime minister after parliament ousted Habib Essid in a vote of no-confidence last weekend.

Youssef Chahed (40) is from the president’s Nidaa Tounes or Call of Tunisia party. He was State Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries for Fisheries from February 2015 to January 2016 and then Minister of Local Affairs before being appointed prime minister.

Chahed graduated as an agricultural engineer from the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia and then received a doctorate in agricultural economics from the National Agronomic Institute in Paris-Grignon in France. He went on to be a professor in agricultural economics and has lectured worldwide.

After the 2011 revolution Chahed was a founder of the Republican Party but then moved to Nidaa Tounes in 2012. He is married and has one daughter.

Chahed has 30 days to form a new government.

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