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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

EU Sending 150 Observers to Monitor Tunisia Elections

In stark contrast to Egypt, where the Military Council has said that international observers for the upcoming elections would be an infringement on Egyptian sovereignty, Tunisia has invited the European Union to send 150 observers to monitor the elections for a constituent assembly.

While Egypt continues to struggle with a whole range of issues, Tunisia, where the jasmine first blossomed, is quietly moving ahead.


David Mack said...

Khaireddin Pasha and Habib Bourguiba helped the Tunisians develop a taste for constitutional procedures.

David Mack said...

Along with the elections observers, the EU had better provide some serious economic support to make sure that electoral democracy pays off.