Tunisian prime minister, Habib Essid, announced a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday January 6, 2015, in an effort to boost his government as it battles jihadist violence.
He named new interior, justice and foreign ministers but gave no reasons for the change.
The new interior minister, Hedi Majdoub, replaces Najem Gharsalli in the reshuffle that has affected more than 10 ministries.
According to a statement from the presidency, the Secretary of State functions were also removed.
Tunisia has been under a state of emergency since an Islamic State suicide bomber attacked presidential guards in November in Tunis. The attack followed two previous militant attacks on foreign tourists damaging the country’s economy.
Essid’s New Cabinet
- Hédi Majdoub : Minister of Interior
- Mahmoud Ben Romdhane : Minister of Social Affairs
- Youssef Chahed : Minister of Local Government
- Mohamed Khelil : Minister of Religious Affairs
- Kamel Ayadi : Minister of Public Service
- Sonia Mbarek : Minister of Culture
- Khaled Chouket : Minister to the head of government in charge of relations with ARP (Assembly of People’s Representatives)
- Khemaies Jinaoui: Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Mohsen Hassan: Minister of Commerce
- Anis Ghedira: Minister of Transport
- Amor Mansour: Minister of Justice
- Chawki Terzi: Minister of Youth and Sports
- Mongi Marzouk : Minister of Energy