20 Jun '11, 3am

Tunisia PM says new constitution by 2012: Media

TOKYO - TUNISIA'S Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi said his interim government plans to adopt a new constitution by early 2012 to speed up the democratisation process, a Japanese newspaper reported Monday. 'We want to adopt a new constitution within six months' of a scheduled October 23 vote for a constitutional assembly, Mr Essebsi was quoted as telling Japan's Nikkei financial daily in an interview in Tunis on Saturday. Tunisia's popular uprising in January toppled autocratic president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and sparked revolts across much of the Arab world. Ben Ali fled into exile and faces a trial in absentia that starts Monday. Mr Essebsi told the Nikkei that by adopting a new constitution, Tunisia should return to a normal state conforming to law as soon as possible. He added that dates for a presidential vote and other elections will be decided after the October 23...

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