Tunisia: National Dialogue - Legislative Elections to Be Held Before Presidential Poll, Parties Decide

Bardo — Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) Houcine Abassi announced that the political parties participating in the National Dialogue decided, on Friday, that the legislative elections will be held before the presidential poll, commending their attachment to prevail the country's higher interest.

In a statement to the media, after the National Dialogue session held, on Friday, Abassi said that most of the parties (12 parties against 6) voted for holding the legislative elections before the presidential poll.

He added that the disputed points on holding elections were settled underlining that the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) and the Independent Higher Authority for the Election (ISIE) will set a definitive date for the legislative elections and then the presidential poll.

"The National Dialogue, sponsored by the Quartet showed once again, that it is perfectly capable to find solutions to all the problems of discord as part of consensus," he commended.

In turn, President of Ennahdha political bureau Ameur Laarayedh said that the National Dialogue managed to reach consensus on concomitance and the priority order of the elections.

Besides, he said that the NCA general legislation commission along with the ISIE will present a draft law providing for the organisation of a schedule of the election before submitting it to a plenary session for adoption.

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