Tunisia PM raises doubt over July elections

Tunisian political parties are divided over the date for the elections.

Updated: May 09, 2011, 22:20 PM IST

Tunis: Tunisia`s interim Prime Minister
on Monday raised the possibility of a delay in elections scheduled
for July to draw up a new constitution after the fall of
president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Logistical hitches may force a delay in the
legislative election due on July 24, Prime Minister Beji Caid
Essebsi said in a televised address to the nation that came
after days of protests against the interim government.

"The government made a commitment by choosing the date
of July 24 and we intend to keep to that date but if the
reform committee says there are technical and logistical
hitches, there will be another probability to discuss," he
said.

"It is true we have been slow in dealing with this but
the high commission charged with preparing these crucial
elections in July is independent and the government is only
giving it material and logistical support."

He said the work of the provisional government would
cease on the day of the vote.

Tunisian political parties are divided over the date
for the elections.

Tunisia has been rocked by days of protests against
the interim authority that is in charge following the January
toppling of Ben Ali after weeks of protests that inspired
similar uprisings in the Arab world.

PTI