Tunisia appoints High Electoral Commission, PM to resign Thursday
Tunisia has been enveloped in political turmoil since July (File Archive/AFP)
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Tunisia has appointed a new commission to oversee elections in 2014 as part of its efforts to form a transitional, independent government, according to the Associated Press Thursday.
The country's Constitutional Assembly elected nine members to the new the High Electoral Commission shortly before midnight Wednesday. The commission includes judges, legal, finance and IT experts.
The Islamist Ennahda leadership is supposed to resign from their rule as part of the transition, and Prime Minister Ali Larayedh confirmed this week that he is ready to step down in order for the caretaker prime minister, Mehdi Jomaa, to assume the country's leadership.
Larayedh indicated that he would step down soon after the commission was chosen and Reuters reported Wednesday.
Tunisia has been enveloped in political turmoil since the assassination of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi in July 2013 allegedly at the hands of Islamists.