Government to stick to July 24 election date: Tunisian PM

09:13, May 19, 2011      

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Tunisia's interim government intends to hold legislative elections on July 24 as previously planned, Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi said Wednesday.

The government was committed to keeping to the date but it was now up to the reform committee to decide, Essebsi told Europe 1 while he was on his first official visit since the political crisis-hit country formed its interim government.

"Any delay will be detrimental to Tunisia and the government," he said.

The interim government of Tunisia has planned the July elections to create an assembly to draft a new constitution after former President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in January.

However, street protests against the interim authority continue and internal rifts remain among politicians over the date of the election.

Source: Xinhua
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