Tunisian PM says won’t fight election delay
(AFP) – 1 day ago
DEAUVILLE, France — Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi said on Friday that elections planned for July 24 will be delayed if the electoral commission deems it necessary.
The poll “has not yet been delayed, but the commission estimates that we need a little more time for these elections to be irreproachable, fair and transparent,” the head of the interim government told a press briefing on the sidelines of a G8 summit in northern France.
“We will do it if the commission judges it necessary,” Caid Essebsi said, opening the way to a delay as already recommended by the commission, which has been at odds with the transitional authorities.
The electoral panel organising the poll for a constituent assembly in the north African country, which is under interim rule, on Thursday announced that it had postponed the vote until October 16.