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IRI’s international delegation will be led by Luís Vales a member of the Portuguese Parliament and deputy secretary general of the Social Democratic Party; and Thomas E. Garrett, IRI’s vice president of programs.  Following the voting, IRI will issue a statement on the findings of the delegation. 


Tunisia’s presidential election marks another positive step in the country’s transition to democracy. A delegation from IRI said “Tunisia’s first ever democratic presidential election was orderly and well administered allowing citizens to express their democratic will at the ballot box.”



Tunisia Makes Historic Strides Toward Democracy


Tunisia’s Politicians Must Manage Expectations


Economic Assistance Alone Will Not Lead to Success in Tunisia


Part of an early generation of Tunisian activists, Chebbi courageously led the fight for democracy and human rights for more than four decades for which he was imprisoned and forced into exile.  Now a member of the National Constituent Assembly, he is focused on making sure democracy meets the expectations of those who bravely overthrew a dictator.


Tired of living in fear of a harsh dictatorship which prohibited free speech and political freedom, the founders of iWatch wanted a new, free and democratic Tunisia.  When the revolution began in Sidi Bouzid, they were among hundreds of young Tunisians who stood up to the brutality of President Ben Ali’s security services.


‘It Is a New Day for My Sons’


Tunisia: The Little Country that Could...and Did

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