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 centre-right party Ettakatol− which won 30 and 21 seats respectively − over the choice of presidents for both the country and the constituent assembly.