Tunisia bans ex-ruling party leaders from ballot

April 26, 2011 15:34

TUNIS - Senior members of Tunisia's former ruling party will be banned from a July 24 election and the vote will be run by an independent body for the first time, Prime Minister Beji Caid Sebsi said on Tuesday.

After the ousting of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in a "Jasmine Revolution" that triggered upheaval across the Arab world, interim authorities have announced the ballot for a new assembly to rewrite the North African country's constitution.

Sebsi said those who held senior positions in Ben Ali's former Constitutional Democratic Rally (RCD) party for the past decade would be barred from contesting. So would all Ben Ali's former advisors.

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