Tunisia lawmakers vote on timetable for constitution, elections Daniel Mullen at 2:49 PM ET
[JURIST] Tunisian lawmakers voted on Friday to establish a deadline for elections and an initial draft constitution. The draft constitution must be completed by the end of April and elections must be held by December. A spokesman for Mustafa Ben Jaafar, speaker of the constituent assembly, stated [Reuters report] that the establishment of dates for the constitution and election "is an important message to both inside and outside the country ... that we are on the verge of completing the last stages of the democratic transitions and going on to the stage of democratic stability." Lawmakers hope that establishing the deadlines will help ease the tense situation resulting from the assassination [NYT report] of Tunisian human rights activist Chokei Belaid, which has sparked mass protests [BBC report].
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