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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tunisian Islamists accept union plan for elections

Tunisian Islamists accept union plan for elections

Tunisia’s governing Islamists moved closer to negotiations with secular opponents on Thursday by agreeing in principle to a plan for a transition toward new elections. The UGTT trade union federation, which is mediating between Ennahda and its opponents, has proposed that the government step down and let a neutral interim cabinet prepare new elections, Reuters said. Ennahda rejected this in the past but changed course this week. Rached Ghannouchi, chairman of the Islamist Ennahda party, said the talks could resolve the political crisis.