TUNIS, Tunisia – Tunisia's newly nominated prime minister has announced that his government will include members of the previous administration in key posts.
Youssef Chahed said Saturday that he was keeping seven ministers of the former government, including the defense, interior and foreign affairs portfolios.
He told reporters this choice was inspired by recent "successes" in the security field and the fight against terrorism. Tunisia suffered two major jihadi attacks last year — at a beach resort and at the well-known Bardo Museum — that killed around 60 people.
The new governmental team of 26 senior ministers and 14 junior ministers includes eight women — up from three previously.
Chahed, 41, was minister for local affairs in the government that fell last month. His government still needs approval from parliament.