Tunisian election delayed once more

Tunisian election delayed once more
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Tunisia’s first election since the overthrow of President Ben Ali has been put back yet again raising fears of violence in the country.

The interim prime minister said the extra delay was to ensure the vote is free and transparent.

Beji Caid Sebsi said: “There was a disagreement about October 16. The electoral committee hadn’t insisted on that date, it was not set in stone, so it was decided to take all opinions into account in the search for a compromise date which everyone would accept. And that is October 23.”

The election of an assembly to rewrite Tunisia’s constitution had been originally due in July. The continued delays are creating suspicion and nervousness among the opposition.

The main Islamist party have expressed “real misgivings” about the repeated postponements, and have warned of a possible “spiral of violence” should the government fail to build on Ben Ali’s fall and steer the country to democracy.

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