Tunisia's embattled government set a December 17 date for general elections, as part of its attempts to defuse a political crisis sparked by the assassination of an opposition politician last week, dpa reported.
Prime Minister Ali Larayedh also proposed to speed the approval of a new constitution. Larayedh, who is from the ruling Islamist party Ennahda, set an end-of-August deadline for debate on the text to be completed.
The opposition has been demanding that the interim government resign. Larayedh said the government was prepared to hold a referendum on Tunisians' support for the transition process.
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