Tunisian prime minister says aiming for December election

TUNIS Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:04pm EDT

Tunisia's Prime Minister Ali Larayedh address a news conference after a meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, June 25, 2013. REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule

Tunisia's Prime Minister Ali Larayedh address a news conference after a meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, June 25, 2013.

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TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said on Monday the Islamist-led transitional government would continue working despite mounting efforts to dissolve it, and, for the first time, proposed a date for fresh elections later this year.

"The government will continue performing its duties and it will not abandon them, not because it is keen to hold power, and we will maintain our responsibilities until the final moment," he said in televised speech. "We will focus on holding the elections by the end of this year and our date is December 17."

(Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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