World Bulletin/News Desk
Tunisia's ruling Islamists, who have agreed to make way for a caretaker government, see elections within six months to put the country's political transition back on track after months of unrest, a senior party official said on Friday.
Nahda and an opposition coalition agreed earlier this month for the government to step down to end political deadlock, form a temporary caretaker administration and set a date for parliamentary and presidential elections.
Ennahda agreed to resign three weeks after the start of the negotiations over the new government. Those talks begin on Wednesday, but both sides must still agree on finishing the new constitution, a vote date and decide on members of an electoral commission to oversee the ballot.
"There is a preliminary agreement among the political parties to hold elections in six months after the installation of the election committee," senior Ennahda official Ameur Larayedh told reporters. "There are some problems with the election commission composition, but we are working on that."
The small North African country, whose 2011 uprising against Ben Ali inspired Arab revolts elsewhere, has been in crisis since militants assassinated an opposition leader in July, setting off protests demanding that Ennahda step down.
The election date is likely to be one of the most sensitive issues in negotiations, according to the head of Tunisia's powerful UGTT labour union that brokered the dialogue.
"We are trying to reach a deal on this and other points," said Maghreb Republican Party leader Boussairi Bou Abdeli.
Ennahda won 40 percent of the seats in Tunisia's first post-Ben Ali vote to elect an assembly to write a new constitution. It has shared power in a coalition with two smaller secular parties as part of an initial transitional agreement.
Speaking in a press conference, Abdul Hamid Jalasi, vice president of Ennahda, stated that parties, which did not support the solution plan in Tunisia National Constituent Assembly, must attend the national dialogue.
He added also parties, which are not represented in the parliament, should participate in the dialogue not to fell themselves excluded.
Political chief clerk of the party Amr al-Irid noted they started preparation meetings to remove the incoherence between political parties.
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