Tunisia interim president calls July 24 election

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March 3, 2011 23:40

TUNIS - Tunisia will hold an election on July 24 to choose a "constituent council" that will rewrite the constitution and chart the country's transition after the ousting of its veteran leader, the interim president said.

In a televised speech late on Thursday, interim president Fouad Mebazza said he and the current caretaker government would stay in power until the election was held.

"We are proclaiming today that we are entering a new era ... and a new political system which definitively breaks with the ousted regime," Mebazza said. A source close to the president's office told Reuters that, once elected, the constituent council could either appoint a new government or ask the current executive to carry on until presidential and parliamentary elections were held.


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