Elyes Fakhfakh, a former employee of the French energy company Total, was recently chosen by the Tunisian President to form the new government. Fakhfakh has a month to form a coalition capable of winning a confidence vote in parliament
The Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zubidi were replaced by Sabri Bashtobji, the former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Karim Jamoussi, the former Justice Minister.
A compromise candidate, Adel Abdul Mahdi, has 30 days to form a cabinet and present it to parliament for approval. His designation ends the months-long political deadlock in Iraq following the May elections.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi has taken many steps in the past two weeks to meet the demands of the demonstrators and assuage their anger. Oil prices have been improving for almost a year, and everyone knows there are sufficient funds to cover all the items of the annual budget
In May 2018, Lebanon held its first election in 9 years, however, the government has not been formed due to political rivalries. "We have not seen serious movement in forming the government so far," critcised Lebanon's Finance Minister, Ali Hassan Khalil.
Iraq's parliamentary elections set for May 12 will indirectly decide on a new prime minister and president. This is the fourth parliamentary elections since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and the first since the liberation from ISIS.