Tunisia to elect parliament before president- UPDATED

Tunisia is set to hold separate parliamentary and presidential elections at the end of the year after political parties resolved a dispute over the election date

Tunisia to elect parliament before president- UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

Members of Tunisia's National Dialogue conference on Friday voted to hold legislative polls before presidential elections, with both expected before year's end, a spokesman for one of the conference's sponsors announced.

"Parties to the national dialogue session voted 12-6, a two-thirds majority, to hold legislative elections before presidential polls," said Hussein al-Abbasi, head of Tunisia's influential General Labor Union.

The country's recently-approved constitution calls for both parliamentary and presidential polls – the first since the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali – to be held before the end of this year.

In late 2011, Tunisia held elections for a constituent assembly, tasked with drafting a new national charter, in which the Ennahda movement won a majority.

The four sponsors of Tunisia's national dialogue are: the Tunisian General Labor Union; the Tunisian Industry, Trade and Handicrafts Union; the National Bar Association; and the Tunisian League for Human Rights.

Tunisia's turbulent post-Ben Ali democratic transition was smoothed earlier this year with the ratification of a new constitution, which followed the resignation of the Islamist-led government following several months of national dialogue between rival political camps.

 

Last Mod: 13 Haziran 2014, 22:16
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