Suspension of the Tunisian constituent assembly

Tunisia’s transition, which once seemed very promising, has entered quite a crisis, especially since the assassination of a prominent opposition leader on 25 July.

From the BBC:

Tens of thousands of protesters have marched in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, to demand the resignation of the Islamist-led government…

Earlier, the constituent assembly was suspended until the government and opposition open negotiations…

The speaker of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Mustapha Ben Jaafar, said work on a new constitution and electoral law would resume once “dialogue commences”.

The constituent assembly’s being “suspended”, I take it, is more like a recess and not a precursor to a dissolution. Still, not a good sign. It was elected almost two years ago, and is well overdue to produce a constitution.

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