Tunisia's parliament delays vote on amnesty law as protests erupt


Tunisia's parliament delayed voting on a bill that calls for amnesty for former public officials accused of corruption during the rule of president Ben Ali.

Lawmakers decided to delay the vote until September after the newly created High Judicial Council asked for more time to study the bill.

Aimed at building reconciliation after Tunisia's 2011 revolution that removed Ben Ali, the bill offered amnesty for high-ranking state officials, including ambassadors and other administrative workers, involved in corruption during the former dictator's rule.

At least a thousand people took to the streets to protest the proposal in the captial of Tunis, rights groups said.

Protests organised by civil society groups in response to the bill were called on Thursday evening and continued on Friday as part of a wider #Manich_Msemah (I will not forgive) campaign.

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Middle East Eye