Tunisia is close to forming a new government more than four months after parliamentary elections resulted in a fractured assembly dominated by small parties and independents (MEES, 6 October 2019). On 19 February PM-designate Elyes Fakhfakh announced he had reached a deal with the ‘Muslim Democrat’ Ennahda party which came first in the elections.

If the proposed line-up is approved by Tunisia’s 217-member parliament on 26 February, the North African country will avoid the prospect of disruptive early elections. The government-in-waiting includes the Ennahda, Tahya Tounes, Achaab, Attayar and El Badil parties as well as independents. (CONTINUED - 318 WORDS)