Tunisia’s rainbow coalition faces cloudy future


Prime Minister Youssef Chahed’s new government promises to be the most inclusive since Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, encompassing all six major parties, independents and allies of often hostile trade unions. But even before parliament votes to approve it, Chahed’s experiment with diversity is running into the kind of pressures and divisions that have doomed his predecessors’ attempts to win the political capital needed to push through reforms, Reuters reports.

“If this diversity is not well managed, it will be a weak point and increase confusion over the government’s work,” Nizar Makni, columnist with Tunisia’s influential Arabic language daily Assabeh, wrote. “Only more political conflicts are expected.”



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