Tunisia may hold elections in October, says Islamist party

Published January 27th, 2014 - 12:26 GMT

Tunisia's main Islamist party Ennahda told reporters that it expects national elections to take place in October, according to Agence France Presse.

Ennahda official Ameur Larayedh told AFP, "Within six weeks there will be an electoral law. There is a clear path to the next elections, which will probably take place in October 2014. Tunisia is now building its democratic model."

However, the country's electoral body (ISIE) will make the final decision as to when the parliament and presidential elections will actually be held.

ISIE president Chafik Sarsar told AFP "the elections would take place before 2015" as outlined in the new constitution, but did not yet indicate a date.

Tunisia's recent passage of its constitution late Sunday is considered the "most progressive constitution in the region," with executive power divided between a prime minister and president, with the latter responsible for defense and foreign affairs.

Interim PM Medhi Jomaa is also expected to appoint a new government of independents in the upcoming days under the country's roadmap that led to Ennahda's resignation from power. The independents will govern the country until the elections are held.

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