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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Tunisia postpones first post-revolt municipal polls ByAg

Tunisia has indefinitely postponed its first municipal elections since a 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the electoral commission said Monday.
The announcement came after a meeting between representatives of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, President Beji Caid Essebsi and party heads.
“The majority of participants in the meeting were in favour of postponing municipal elections,” said interim commission head Anouar Ben Hassen.
The long-delayed polls had been seen as the final stage in Tunisia’s transition to democracy following its 2011 revolution that overthrew longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.
The electoral commission had been expected to announce a new date for the polls, likely in March 2018, following several earlier delays.
Following four hours of talks, the parties were unable to agree a date for the long-awaited poll.
“Deferring municipal elections is a bad thing, whatever the objective reasons, but ending this meeting without fixing a new date is even worse,” said Mehdi Ben Gharbia, a minister responsible for relations with constitutional bodies and civil society.

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