Tunisia election commission proposes votes in October, November

Tunisia's often turbulent political transition began after the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali and inspired revolutions across the region.

Tunisia election commission proposes votes in October, November

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tunisia's election authority has proposed holding a parliamentary election in October and the first round of a presidential vote the following month, marking the final step towards full democracy in cradle of the Arab Spring uprisings.

Tunisia's often turbulent political transition began after the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali and inspired revolutions across the region.

Since then, Tunisia has been led by a caretaker government and has adopted a new constitution that has been praised as a model of democratic transition in the Arab world.

"Our proposal, which we will present to the Constituent Assembly, is to hold parliamentary elections on Oct. 26, 2014, and for the first session of the presidential vote be held on Nov. 23, 2014, and the second session on Dec. 26," Chafik Sarsar, head of the country's election commission, told Reuters on Monday.

It is widely expected that the Tunisian parliament will in the coming days approve the dates after politicians ended disputes over the election last week.

Sarsar also said it was likely that parliament will back the proposed electoral calendar because there were no other viable dates on offer.

Setting a date for elections could restore investor confidence in Tunisia's collapsed economy. 

Last Mod: 16 Haziran 2014, 11:49
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