Tunisia’s political parties have earlier on agreed on a roadmap to solve the country’s crisis. The national dialogue is led by the Labour Union and its secretary-general Houcine Abbassi. All parties involved started Friday 25 October with the “National Dialogue” and first step to select an “independent national figure” that will lead the to-be-formed new government. Four names have been going around in Tunisia’s media, and all parties involved should appoint the new prime minister by the end of this week.
The second step is to agree on the new election law, for which all parties involved have one week to do so according to the roadmap. Political analysts in Tunisia expect that this will the most difficult task considering the fact that each party is calculating its chances for winning next’s elections and where in Tunisia they – most probably – will find most of their votes. Depending on that they favour a certain type of election law. It is my estimation that one week might be a bit too short on time and I would not be surprised if this phase will be delayed a bit. Moreover the newly chosen head of government will present his nominees for his new government.
The third step is basically the current government fulfilling its promise that it will resign after having agreed on a new government, its prime minister as well as the new election law. The constituent assembly approves the newly formed government and will also set a date for new elections. Which will probably be somewhere between July and October 2014.
Last but not least the assembly accepts and finalizes the newly written constitution. Although there were some opposition parties that wanted the whole process of writing the constitution to be done again, it seems that there is already an agreement that this will not the case. On the condition that all previous steps of the roadmap are agreed on by all parties involved.
Below a very clear infographic that has been made by the English language newssite Tunisia-live.com: