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.