Hichem Mechichi replaces Elyes Fakhfakh who resigned earlier this month over allegations of a conflict of interest

Tunisia’s President Qais Saied, has named a 46-year-old lawyer, Hichem Mechichi, as the country’s new prime minister-designate.

Mr Mechichi is an independent, and was the interior minister in the outgoing government.

He has been given up to one month to form a government.

The country is facing an economic crisis following the collapse of tourism, compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Mechcichi replaces Elyes Fakhfakh who resigned earlier this month over an alleged financial scandal.