Tunisian Islamist Ennahdha Party leader Rached Ghannouchi attends the discussions on May 22, 2016, in Hammamet on the third-day of the Ennahdha congress.
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Tunisia's two main parties Thursday gave parliamentary backing to Prime Minister Youssef Chahed's new Cabinet, handing him the initiative to push sensitive economic reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund.Rached Ghannouchi, the head of Ennahda party, called his 69 lawmakers in Parliament to give a vote of confidence to the coalition government which includes ruling Nidaa Tounes, Machroua Tounes, the Republican and Massar parties.Ennahda won four important ministries, including the new Economic Reforms Ministry.Backing from the two main parties means Chahed's government can expect support from at least 150 lawmakers in the 217-seat Parliament. Ennahda and Nidaa Tounes have more than 130 seats between them plus the support of smaller parties.
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