Newly named Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, standing at right, delivers his speech at the Parliament in Tunis, Friday Aug. 26, 2016 ahead of a confidence vote. (AP Photo/Riadh Dridi)
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Tunisia's ruling coalition has failed to agree on a new economic reform plan and a Cabinet reshuffle, officials said Monday, in a new political setback as the International Monetary Funds prepares to review the next loan tranche.But since 2011, nine Cabinets have failed to resolve Tunisia's economic problems, which include high inflation and unemployment, and impatience is rising among lenders such as the IMF, which have kept the country afloat.Officials from the two ruling parties – the secular Nidaa Tounes and the moderate Islamists of Ennahda – and labor and employers' unions agreed last week to start a new economic program."Ennahda has been known as a party which makes concessions but this time we cannot do so, in the interests of the country which needs stability".That leaves Chahed in office for now, though it is unclear how much power he still has after the parties failed to agree on how to tackle Tunisia's economic crisis.
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