Tunisia's ministers attend a parliamentary session to present his Chahed's government at the parliament in Tunis on August 26, 2016. / AFP / STRINGER
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A new Tunisian unity government took office Monday in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, with Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, the country's youngest-ever leader, facing major economic and security challenges.Chahed, who turns 41 next month, becomes the former French colony's seventh prime minister in less than six years, following a 2011 revolution that ousted strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.His new cabinet of 26 ministers and 14 ministers of state includes women, young and independent ministers, three members of the Islamist Ennahda party and two former members of the powerful UGTT union.Analysts say it is too soon to tell if Chahed can restore security and revitalise Tunisia's battered economy which grew by just 0.8 percent last year compared with 2.3 percent in 2014 .Chahed was appointed by President Beji Caid Essebsi in early August after lawmakers passed a vote of no confidence in Essid's government following just 18 months in office.
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