According to the Facebook page and Twitter account of Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, Tunisia’s upcoming parliamentary elections will be held between the spring and summer of 2013. However, the exact date of the elections will be set by the Constituent Assembly.
Jebali previously announced that the three parties in the coalition government, currently holding a majority of seats in Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly, reached an agreement to hold parliamentary elections on or before March 20, 2013.
According to Zoubeir Chhoudi, press attaché of the Ennahda party, it’s up to the representatives of the Constituent Assembly to determine the exact date of the elections, which will largely depend on when they finish drafting the Tunisian constitution.
“The government is ready to transition whenever a final date of its mandate is decided. However, the Constituent Assembly will decide once they finish drafting the constitution. The country will then be ready for the next elections to be held,” explained Chhoudi.
Last October, following the ouster of former dictator Zine El-Abddine Ben Ali, the Tunisian Constituent Assembly was elected with a mandate that would expire following the passage a new constitution and the appointment an interim government.
There are 217 elected members of the Constituent Assembly, 137 of which form the tripartite governing coalition between the Islamist party, Ennahda, and two center-left parties, Ettakatol and CPR.