First Published: 2011-04-12

 

Tunisia to give women candidates parity with men in polls

 

Tunisia's elections decree excludes candidates who worked as part of former regime in past 10 years from running.

 

Middle East Online

'A historic day'

TUNIS - The high commission responsible for planning elections in Tunisia on July 24 has opted for parity between men and women in the lists to be presented by political parties, officials said Tuesday.

The decree, passed on Monday, also excludes as candidates anybody who served during the past 10 years in the government or the former ruling Constitutional Democratic Rally of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was toppled in January by a popular uprising.

The parity between women and men among potential candidates in a system of proportional representation was welcomed by all members of the high commission, including representatives of the Islamist movement Ennahda.

"This is a historic day. We have got rid of all doubts on our determination to build democracy to bring about the birth of a new regime in Tunisia. The participation of women in decision-making is a historic decision," Mokhtar Yahyaoui, a renowned human rights activist and member of the commission, said.

"This is a very important step. Everything that has been decided today will be considered a reference point in the future and the principle of parity is truly revolutionary. This shows that there is a revolution in the minds of Tunisians," said Kaltoum Ganou, a judge sitting on the commission.

On April 7, the high commission decided to set up an independent electoral commission of 12 members, a measure that has yet to be approved by the interim government.

The chosen electoral system of proportional representation is advantageous to the smaller political parties.

 

Gunman kills prominent writer on steps of courthouse in Jordan

Campaigning for parliamentary polls begins in Morocco

EU mission to train Libya coastguard faces delay

Turkey sets precondition for joining US Raqa operation

Famous archway collapses on Moroccan beach

Death toll from Egypt migrant shipwreck jumps to 168

Warplanes pound Aleppo ahead of UN Syria meeting

Dubai drops charges against Briton who promoted charity

Israel sentences Islamic cleric for incitement

Mosul offensive to start in ‘next few weeks’

New wave of air strikes pummels Aleppo

US, Russia trade blame for collapse of ceasefire in Syria

Hadi vows to ‘extract Yemen from claws of Iran’

Obama vetoes bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia

Morocco asks to rejoin African Union

Air raids pound rebel-held Aleppo

Turkey arrests prominent writer brothers

Egypt shipwreck death toll rises to 133

Gulen says will return to Turkey if US backs extradition

Occupation troops shoot, wound Palestinian with knife

UN eyes alternate aid delivery route for Syria's Aleppo

Iran condemns Saudi strikes in Yemen

Turkey's Erdogan says US arming Syrian Kurds

Obama to block Saudi 9/11 prosecution

Oil prices ease as focus shifts to producers' meeting

Opposition 'minister' among 12 dead in Syria car bomb

'13 dead' in clashes with IS in Libya's Sirte

20 civilians killed in Yemen rebel port raid

Turkish border town hit by rocket fired from Syria

Syria's White Helmets win Swedish human rights prize

UN pleads with Assad over food aid stuck at Syria border

Rouhani jabs USA over nuclear deal in UN address

Dozens more feared dead in Egypt boat tragedy

US breaks 'taboo' on Iran trade, banking

Kuwait MP gets new jail term for insulting Gulf rulers

Kuwait MPs demand urgent debate on petrol price hike

Dozens of rebels leave Homs under deal with Assad regime

Push for Iraq's Mosul faces myriad challenges

US drone strike kills 3 Qaeda suspects in Yemen

UN hopes Syria talks can resume in a 'few weeks'

Iraq forces recapture northern town from ISIS

Greece rejects asylum claim of Turkish 'coup' officer

Raids set rebel areas of Syria's Aleppo ablaze

Yemen rebels accuse detained American of spying

Israel arrests 35 Palestinians in raids