Tunisia: Parliament votes to dismiss PM Habib Essid
July 31, Tunis: Prime Minister of Tunisia Habib Essid has been ousted after overwhelmingly losing a vote of confidence in parliament. A total of 118 members of parliament voted late on Saturday to unseat Essid; three voted for him to stay at the helm; and 27 abstained.
In power for a year and a half, Essid's opponents said he had failed to tackle the country's economic and security problems. The results were largely expected, with several ruling coalition party members declaring ahead of the session that they were not going to renew their confidence in the prime minister, media reports said.
Earlier on Saturday, Essid, 67, had told parliament he knew he would be voted out.
Essid said: "I didn't come to obtain the 109 votes [needed to remain in office]. I came to expose things to the people and to members of parliament."
He had been under pressure to quit since President Beji Caid Essebsi called for a new unity government last month to push through reforms and calm social tensions over the country's economic crisis, high unemployment and recent security issues.
Negotiations on a replacement were expected to start on Monday.
The Oslo Times International News Network