May 24, 2011
Tunisian election delay, October isn't a coup or
Sunday's demarche to delay the elections, noted here Tunisians split on call to delay free elections - The National is not a bad thing, given what I am seeing on preparation on the ground.
Not just an issue of the Islamist party being the only one with its act together, but it seems clear to me that in real terms, a few more months of organisation time is in fact needed (electoral lists, all kinds of organisational fundamentals). October is not deadly. Rather the push for July, opposition should push for benchmarks that October sticks.
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Good reasons from people over there to suspect that this was a necessary delay due to technical problems of conversion from dictatorial rubber stamp system to accountable popular one.
Posted by: matthew h at May 24, 2011 10:40 AM
Well the Gov't just announced they're sticking to 24 July. May God help them. This is going to be a fiasco I think.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at May 24, 2011 12:45 PM
Oy. Major f**k-up potential, I can imagine.
Posted by: matthew h at May 24, 2011 02:00 PM