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Former minister says he's chosen to be new Tunisia PM

  • Tunisia's new Prime Minister Youssef Chahed delivers a speech in Tunis, Wednesday, Aug.3, 2016. Chahed served as minister for local affairs in the government that fell over the weekend in a no-confidence vote. The choice of Chahed is controversial in some minds because he is related by marriage to President Beji Caid Essebsi, who nominates the new prime minister. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    Tunisia's new Prime Minister Youssef Chahed delivers a speech in Tunis, Wednesday, Aug.3, 2016. Chahed served as minister for local affairs in the government that fell over the weekend in a no-confidence vote. The choice of Chahed is controversial in some minds because he is related by marriage to President Beji Caid Essebsi, who nominates the new prime minister. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tunisia's new Prime Minister Youssef Chahed , left, listens to Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi at the presidential palace in Tunis, Wednesday, Aug.3, 2016. Chahed served as minister for local affairs in the government that fell over the weekend in a no-confidence vote. The choice of Chahed is controversial in some minds because he is related by marriage to President Beji Caid Essebsi, who nominates the new prime minister. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    Tunisia's new Prime Minister Youssef Chahed , left, listens to Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi at the presidential palace in Tunis, Wednesday, Aug.3, 2016. Chahed served as minister for local affairs in the government that fell over the weekend in a no-confidence vote. The choice of Chahed is controversial in some minds because he is related by marriage to President Beji Caid Essebsi, who nominates the new prime minister. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tunisia's new Prime Minister Youssef Chahed smiles before a press conference at the presidential palace in Tunis, Wednesday, Aug.3, 2016. Chahed served as minister for local affairs in the government that fell over the weekend in a no-confidence vote. The choice of Chahed is controversial in some minds because he is related by marriage to President Beji Caid Essebsi, who nominates the new prime minister. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    Tunisia's new Prime Minister Youssef Chahed smiles before a press conference at the presidential palace in Tunis, Wednesday, Aug.3, 2016. Chahed served as minister for local affairs in the government that fell over the weekend in a no-confidence vote. The choice of Chahed is controversial in some minds because he is related by marriage to President Beji Caid Essebsi, who nominates the new prime minister. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)  (The Associated Press)

Youssef Chahed, a minister in the previous government, says he has been nominated as the country's new prime minister, a decision that must be approved by parliament.

Chahed was minister for local affairs in the government that fell over the weekend on a no-confidence vote. It's a controversial choice in some minds because Chahed is related by marriage to President Beji Caid Essebsi, who nominates the new prime minister.

Chahed told reporters on Wednesday that he was nominated.

The nomination was likely to be approved in a parliamentary vote in the coming days.

He would replace Prime Minister Habib Essid, a U.S.-trained agricultural economist who faced criticism from across the political spectrum.