20 December 2012

Tunisia: Prime Minister Jebali Suggests That Legislative Elections Be Held By Late Next June and Presidential Ones By Early September

Bardo — Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali suggested, on Thursday, that the legislative elections be held by late June, or early July, and that the first round of the presidential elections take place by early September and their second round two weeks later.

Presenting Government's Declaration on the 2013 State Budget Bill, Mr. Jebali urged members of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) to set a precise timetable for the Assembly's works in order to complete the organisation of the coming elections in a reasonable time schedule.

He also called on the NCA members to identify the best means that would speed up holding of these elections which, as he put, represent "an important gain" that serves the country's interests.

The Prime Minister urged all national organisations the Tunisian General Labour Union, in the first place to adhere to "a social truce" and "period of respite" up until the time when a new government is formed, after the elections.

Besides, he called on all parties, those of the ruling coalition as much as members of the Opposition, to transcend the constitutive stage by means of establishing dialogue, active participation and commitment to a code of conduct, and to set aside overbidding, tension, violence, while respecting freedom of organisation, expression and criticism.

Mr. Jebali called on media to strengthen the sector's independence and neutrality and promote the national consensus.

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