Tunisia says elections to go ahead on July 24: AFP

24 May 2011 – 15H45

Tunisia says elections to go ahead on July 24

Tunisians celebrate the anniversary of the first month of the Tunisian revolution in Tunis, February 2011. Tunisia's transitional government said elections for a national constituent assembly would go ahead on July 24 despite calls from the election commission for a delay until October.

Tunisians celebrate the anniversary of the first month of the Tunisian revolution in Tunis, February 2011. Tunisia’s transitional government said elections for a national constituent assembly would go ahead on July 24 despite calls from the election commission for a delay until October.

AFP – Tunisia’s transitional government said Tuesday elections for a national constituent assembly would go ahead on July 24 despite calls from the election commission for a delay until October.

The constituent assembly will draw up a new constitution and prepare for elections to replace the transitional government set up after the fall in January of the regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who was president for 23 years.

“The council of ministers has discussed thoroughly the election commission proposal and has decided to maintain the timetable decided on by the government and the president, that is to say elections on July 24,” said government spokesman Taieb Baccouche.

The electoral commission, recently set up to prepare and oversee the vote, on Sunday recommended postponing it until October 16, saying it needed more time to prepare.

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