The Straits Times
Published on Oct 14, 2012

Tunisia ruling coalition agrees to hold elections next June


TUNIS (REUTERS) - Tunisia's ruling coalition, led by the Islamic Ennahda Movement, said early on Sunday it had agreed to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on June 23 with the president being chosen directly by voters.

The coalition's agreement on a date for elections and the establishment of an amended parliamentary system come after widespread criticism from the opposition that Ennahda wants to control the government and avoid elections.

The Islamic Ennahda Movement won the country's first free elections last October following the Tunisia's revolution, which set off last year's "Arab Spring" uprisings.

The movement heads a government that also includes two secular parties, the Congress for the Republic and the Ettakatol.