Tunisia Needs U.S. Support for Democracy to Succeed
By William R. Sweeney, Jr., Ambassador Mark Green and Leslie Campbell
Tunisia remains an important example of what can be achieved when our democracy community stands with local citizens seeking to build a democratic future. Authoritarian president Zine Abdine Ben Ali’s ousting in 2011 set the country on a fragile course that has been challenged by acts of terrorism and economic malaise. But even as neighboring countries have slipped into chaos, a willingness by Tunisia’s political and civic leaders to reach consensus through peaceful dialogue has produced key milestones including the Arab world’s most progressive constitution and credible democratic elections for parliament and president in 2014.
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