Tunisia: failure to come up with economic reforms, cabinet reshuffle

(MENAFN) In a new political setback as the International Monetary Funds (IMF) prepares to review the next loan tranche, the plans to come up with an economic reform plan and a cabinet reshuffle by Tunisia's ruling coalition have failed.

Since 2011 revolution, the North African country have faile to resolve its economic problems, including high inflation and unemployment, and impatience is rising among lenders such as the International Monetary Fund, which have kept the country afloat.

Officials from the two ruling parties, Nidaa Tounes and Ennahda, and labour and employers' unions agreed last week to start a new economic program, but talks broke off on Monday after the parties failed to hammer out details, said a spokeswomen for President Beji Caid Essebsi, who had been hosting the negotiations.

Ennahda had rejected calls from the Nidaa Tounes to sack Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, a technocrat, or conduct a major cabinet reshuffle.


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