Tunisia: Government handover date set
Tunisian "Nidaa Tounes" party general secretary Taieb Baccouche arrives for a meeting as part of the dialogue between ruling Islamists and the opposition aimed at ending a two-month political crisis. [AFP]
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On the third anniversary of the fall of Tunisian leader Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, ruling Islamists and opposition parties agreed on Monday to finish their handover to a caretaker government by Jan.14th.
After turmoil in the country, Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahda and opponents named a new prime minister last week to lead a temporary neutral cabinet. This group will govern until elections next year when it will finish its efforts as Tunisia moves into democracy.
As part of their deal, political leaders have several responsibilities. First, they must finish the country's constitution. Once that is finished, they will agree on an election date. They will also name an electoral council to oversee the vote. Once that is complete, Ennahda should step down to make way for the new administration.
"We have agreed the new government, the election date and the new constitution will be ready by Jan. 13 so we celebrate on Jan. 14, the third anniversary of the revolution," said Maghreb Republican party leader, Boussairi Bou Abdeli.
It has been almost three years since the Ben Ali inspired Arab Spring uprisings. The Ennahda party has agreed to resign to ease the turmoil after months of demonstrations.
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