Tunisia’s new government welcomed by powerful union

A major labour union in Tunisia has welcomed the formation of a new government, but has urged President Kais Saied to set a time limit on how long emergency powers will be in place.

The UGTT – which is one of the most powerful players in Tunisian politics – has previously condemned Mr Saied’s seizure of most executive powers in July.

The new government was selected by Prime Minister Najla Bouden, whom Mr Saied appointed last month.

The new cabinet contains 10 women, including the prime minister.

On Sunday, several thousand people held another protest against President Saied in the capital Tunis.

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