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Tunisia announces cabinet for new minority government, Islamists and leftists excluded

  • New Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, left, and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi check the list of the cabinet members, Friday, Jan.23, 2015 in Tunis. A month after the last election ending its democratic transition, Tunisia announces the makeup of the new coalition government tasked with seeing the country out of its current economic crisis. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    New Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, left, and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi check the list of the cabinet members, Friday, Jan.23, 2015 in Tunis. A month after the last election ending its democratic transition, Tunisia announces the makeup of the new coalition government tasked with seeing the country out of its current economic crisis. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, left, gives Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi the list of the cabinet members, Friday, Jan.23, 2015 in Tunis. A month after the last election ending its democratic transition, Tunisia announces the makeup of the new coalition government tasked with seeing the country out of its current economic crisis. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    New Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, left, gives Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi the list of the cabinet members, Friday, Jan.23, 2015 in Tunis. A month after the last election ending its democratic transition, Tunisia announces the makeup of the new coalition government tasked with seeing the country out of its current economic crisis. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, right, leaves after reviewing the list of the cabinet members with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebs, left, Friday, Jan.23, 2015 in Tunis. A month after the last election ending its democratic transition, Tunisia announces the makeup of the new coalition government tasked with seeing the country out of its current economic crisis.  (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    New Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid, right, leaves after reviewing the list of the cabinet members with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebs, left, Friday, Jan.23, 2015 in Tunis. A month after the last election ending its democratic transition, Tunisia announces the makeup of the new coalition government tasked with seeing the country out of its current economic crisis. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)  (The Associated Press)

Tunisia's nationalist Nida Tunis party has formed a minority government that excludes most of the major players on the political scene, including Islamist and leftist parties.

The move was contrary to expectations the party would form a broad governing coalition to see the country out of its economic crisis.

Nida Tunis was the big winner in the presidential and parliamentary elections last year, but holds only 86 of the 217 seats.

One of its staunch allies, the liberal Afek Tounes party, pulled out of a planned coalition Friday, leaving just the populist Free Patriotic Union party, which holds 16 seats.

Nida Tunis' main competitor, the moderate Islamist Ennahda Party holds 69 seats and is not part of the government.