Tunisia to hold long-delayed local elections in 2018

Tunisia will hold its long-delayed municipal elections in 2018, the presidency announced on Tuesday.

The vote will be the country’s first since the 2011 uprising that ousted Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

Soldiers and security forces will get to vote on April 29, while members of the public will cast their ballots on May 6, President Beji Caid Essebsi said in a statement.

The vote had been postponed several times, raising fears among activists that figures from the old regime were trying to stall the advances promised after the uprising.

In September parliament approved a law granting amnesty to officials linked to the former government accused of corruption.

The same month Prime Minister Youssef Chahed unveiled a new cabinet including several officials who had held positions under Ben Ali.

The last municipal vote was held in 2010.