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Tunisia PM rejects collective resignation of ministers

Tunisia's Prime Minister Youssef Chahed speaks during a press conference in Tunis, Tunisia on 7 December 2017 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]
Tunisia's Prime Minister Youssef Chahed speaks during a press conference in Tunis, Tunisia on 7 December 2017 [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

Tunisian Prime Minister, Youssef Chahed, yesterday announced that he had rejected the collective resignation of ministers representing the Afek Tounes party.

Chahed explained that he had decided to keep the ministers in their posts because "the state's interests are above partisan calculations".

He pointed out that the ministers representing Afek Tounes in the government froze their membership in the party.

Earlier in the day, four ministers announced their collective resignation.

Last Saturday, the Afek Tounes party called on its representatives in the Tunisian government to withdraw from the government in protest of the 2018 budget.

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