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Tunisia's New Assembly to Take Office Nov 22

Tunisia's constituent assembly will meet for the first time on November 22, officials announced Saturday, beginning a process of political and constitutional reform in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Interim president Foued Mebazaa will sign a decree summoning the assembly and "outlining the procedures for a successful inauguration", said officials.

This would take place once Tunisia's election commission has released, probably on Monday, the final results from the October 23 election.

The 217-strong assembly's first task will be to draw up a new constitution and appoint a caretaker government until the country calls a general election.

Islamist party Ennahda, which won 89 seats in Tunisia's first free elections in October, have put forward Hamadi Jebala as a candidate for prime minister.

Ennahda is still wrangling with the Congress for the Republic and the center-right party Ettakatol -- which won 30 and 21 seats respectively -- over the choice of presidents for both the country and the constituent assembly.

Source: Agence France Presse


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