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Tunisia: lawmakers set timetable for constitution and elections

Tunisian lawmakers voted on Friday to have a draft constitution ready by the end of May and hold elections by December at the latest, steps meant to rescue a faltering democratic transition in the country that launched the Arab Spring.

The agreed timeline could ease tensions festering since the February 6 assassination by suspected radical Islamists of secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid, and encourage local and foreign investors needed to hoist Tunisia out of economic crisis.

Mustafa Ben Jaafar, speaker of the constituent assembly, said the draft should be ready on May 27 - with July 8 as a final, fallback deadline if needed - with the next election to follow between October 15 and December 15.

Feuding Islamist and secular politicians have missed previous deadlines to draw up a democratic constitution and set dates for parliamentary and presidential elections.

Source: Reuters


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